Prominent Russia-hating ex- monk, Oleksiy Tsimbalyuk is pictured in the uniform of the Right Sector, a Ukrainian ultranationalist that the Kremlin portray as a neo-Nazi group, He has been named as one of the would-be killers of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko
The Ukrainian government’s faked assassination of an anti-Putin journalist has raised more questions after one of the would-be killers was revealed to be a well-known Russia-hating former monk.
Boris L. German, 50, appeared in court accused of hiring former monk Oleksiy Tsimbalyuk to carry out the killing of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. German is accused of paying former monk Oleksiy Tsymbalyuk an advance of $30,000 and giving him a gun to kill Babchenko.
However, Tsimbalyuk is alleged to have reported the alleged hit to Ukrainian counter intelligence, the SBU.
Yet Facebook pictures surfacing of Tsimbalyuk in the uniform of Right Sector, a Ukrainian ultranationalist that the Kremlin portray as a neo-Nazi group, and as a former deacon in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, has cast doubt on Putin’s involvement.
Oleksiy Tsimbalyuk is a Ukrainian ultranationalist that the Kremlin portray as a neo-Nazi group. The pictures are on his Facebook page which have raised suspicions as to why Russia would hire a Putin critic to carry out the killing.
Oleksiy Tsimbalyuk is a Ukrainian ultranationalist that the Kremlin portray as a neo-Nazi group is a former monk and prominent anti-Russia critic. Is he really a Russian backed assassin? working for Ukrainian counter-intelligence? Simply a right-wing thug in a scheme to inflict the pain of disinformation?
Oleksiy Tsimbalyuk is a former monk and prominent anti-Russia critic. He is on record as previously said that the killing of Russia-backed militias in eastern Ukraine was an ‘act of mercy’. The video was posted online, in contradiction to the contention that he was working for Moscow.
As the 10-minute video on Tsimbalyuk’s Facebook emerged, where he claims killing Russia-backed militias in eastern Ukraine was an ‘act of mercy’, the alleged hitman’s inflammatory anti-Kremlin rhetoric has raised doubts as to why Russia would hire him to carry out the planned killing.
Further complicating he narrative, both German and Tsimbalyuk claim they worked Ukrainian counter-intelligence. Ukraine initially denied Tsimbalyuk worked for them but later backtracked.
Ukrainian officials continue to deny that hit vendor, Boris German works for counter-intelligence.
The intended target of the murder plot, Arkady Babchenko, [photo], worked with Ukrainian counter-intelligience to fake his own death
Ukrainian officials also claim that German has a list of another 30 targets which Moscow wants to wipe out – something he claims he has since passed onto Kiev.
Prosecutors claimed German had been given a down payment of $15,000, half what he was promised for carrying out the hit.
German said: ‘I got a call from a longtime acquaintance who lives in Moscow, and in the process of communicating with him it turned out that he works for a Putin foundation precisely to orchestrate destabilization in Ukraine.’
Boris German, was arrested after the SBU, Ukraine’s secret service, found out about the plot. Tsymbalyuk approached them in secret and told them about it, the SBU claims
Boris German, accused of organizing an attempt to kill Ukrainian journalist Arkady Babchenko, arrives for his court trial on a preventive punishment at the Shevchenkovsky district court in Kiev, Ukraine
The fake murder was pulled off by staging a ‘kill scene’ with Babchenko shown lying in a pool of fake blood – to flush out the killer, Ukrainian authorities claim
He claimed he took his orders from Vyacheslav Pivovarnik, a Moscow-based businessman who he claims works for one of Putin’s personal foundations.
‘Six months ago, my old acquaintance contacted me, an ex-citizen of Ukraine, now living in Moscow,’ German told the court.
‘He works in a personal foundation of Putin’s – and is in charge of organising riots in Ukraine and planned acts of terror at the next presidential elections.
‘He is called Vyacheslav Pivovarnik. This is not a fairy tale, there’s nothing mystical here, everything has been proved.’
German said he knew no killing would take place as a monk would not kill an unarmed man.
Eugene Solodko, Mr German’s lawyer, wrote on Facebook that his client was an executive director of Schmeisser, a Ukrainian-German firm which is the only non-state owned arms producer in the country which specializes in manufacturing sniper rifle sights.
In court, German claimed he was part of the counter-intelligence operation having informed the SBU about the plot.
German named Moscow businessman Vyacheslav Pivovarnik, who is involved with one of Putin’s personal foundations, as the man who recruited him to find a killer
German named Moscow businessman Vyacheslav Pivovarnik, who is involved with one of Putin’s personal foundations, as the man who recruited him to find a killer to murder the journalist
A spokesman for Putin said: ‘No such foundation exists in Russia. Any allegations about Russia’s possible complicity in this staging is just mudslinging. They do not correspond to reality.’
Senior officials in Ukraine have been on the defensive since Wednesday, when the head of security services announced they had staged the death of Mr Babchenko so they could track his would-be killers to Russian intelligence. The murder was staged with Babchenko shown lying in a pool of fake blood.
Arkady Babchenko [photo], appeared at a press conference a day after he was supposedly murdered to stunned reactions from waiting reporters. Arkady Babchenko, 41, had been reported as shot dead in Ukraine on May 29.