Members of the Russian PMC E.N.O.T. Corp. Luhansk Oblast, 2014. Image: VK/Vladimir Morozov
Charged by Russian law enforcers with theft, robbery, extortion, and banditry, members of the so-called Regional NGO United People’s Civil Societies also known as the private military company E.N.O.T. testified in a Russian court against their leaders, according to Russian newspaper “Kommersant.”
They state that Russian active-duty servicemen performed PMC’s most crucial tasks. Among them was GRU officer Denis Karaban. Karaban, defendants said, conducted training in unarmed combat, and served “somewhere near Nizhny Novgorod.” He helped the E.N.O.T members when they went on the so-called “humanitarian mission trips” to the Donbas. The outlet stresses that his lawyers did not point out Karaban’s connections to the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
The commander of the PMC E.N.O.T. was Roman Telenkevich. He approved all important decisions, tasked others and gave them orders. The person responsible for “ideology” was Eugeny Morozov who also kept financial accounts.
Technical support of the PMC was conducted by Vasily Minchik. His lawyers stated that their client was a military and was decorated with state and departmental awards for participation in humanitarian operations.
One of the defendants also told that in late 2016 [already in Russia], the operatives of the Russian security service FSB and Investigative Committee asked the PMC to participate in a search, the PMC members were dressed in camouflage clothing and operated under the guise of the operatives of special forces. Then those who were searched notified the disappearance of nine million rubles to law enforcers.
For this operation, one of the PMC members received a “gratitude sign” for helping the FSB – 2,000 rubles ($32) and a mobile phone, according to “Kommersant.”
The Investigative Committee of Russia declared the PMC E.N.O.T. a criminal organization whose members “under the guise of patriotic propaganda, were committing crimes as members of a criminal group,” allegedly organized by the FSB.
Most participants of the PMC headed by Telenkevich have been under arrest. Suspected in the organization of the criminal gang were two operatives of the FSB Directorate for the city and region of Moscow, majors Alexander Mryshchuk and Anton Baryakshev. They were detained but later released from custody.
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