Russian security forces prevented an explosion against the South Stream pipeline, which supplies gas to Turkey and Europe, in Volgograd county, the public relations center of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSSB) announced.
According to the FSB, Ukrainian special services were behind the attempted sabotage and terrorist act. Four Russian citizens were detained in connection with the case. The TASZSZ news agency reported that the Southern Stream is part of the Russian Southern Corridor gas transportation system.
The assassination was prevented. (Our picture is an illustration) Photo: Depositphotos
During the house searches, the authorities seized four magnetic mines, four kilograms of plastic explosives, delayed-action detonators, 593 thousand rubles (about HUF 3.9 million) in cash and communication devices. In the latter, they found the exchange of messages with the contact person at the Ukrainian special services and instructions for assembling explosive devices, as well as the coordinates of the place of the detonation.
Criminal proceedings were initiated against the suspects for preparing a terrorist act, organizing a terrorist group and illegal possession of explosives. The RIA Novosztyi news agency reminded that, as part of the South Stream project, it was planned to lay a pipeline from Anapa under the Black Sea to Varna in Bulgaria by 2015, but this was not realized in the end. Instead of the Southern Stream, the Turkish Stream leading from the Anapa region to Turkey was built.