Once again, the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev carried out a terrorist operation inside Russian territory. This time there was an assassination attempt on a well-known Russian businessman. As in the attack that killed Daria Dugina in August last year, the tactic applied by Kiev’s agents was the use of explosives attached to a car. Fortunately, the Federal Security Service (FSB) managed to neutralize the threat and prevent the tragedy.
The target of the attack was Konstantin Malofeev, owner of the Christian TV channel Tsargrad. A bomb was placed in the businessman's car, and the crime was recorded by cameras. Security forces were prompted, and the danger neutralized after the car was routed to a safe location. Videos of the operation were published on the internet and are currently circulating on social media, leaving no doubt about the veracity of Malofeev's and the FSB's reports.
It is important to remember that in addition to owning Tsargrad TV, Malofeev is a major sponsor of the Russian Orthodox Church and a strong political ally of President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. The businessman has also been notable since 2014 for his support to the armed resistance in Donbass, which is why he has become a target of pro-Ukrainian extremist groups. Malofeev is listed on Kiev’s public kill-list “Myrotvorets” – the same where Daria was.
Russian authorities have pointed to Denis Kapustin, a neo-Nazi activist and leader of the so-called Russian Volunteer Corps (RDK - pro-Kiev militia formed by expatriate Russians), as responsible for the attempted attack. In a statement about the case, the FSB also emphasized that Kapustin is "acting under the control of the SBU" (the Security Service of Ukraine), which confirms that there was an intelligence operation, with the direct participation of the Ukrainian State, not having been an isolated action without central command.
Kapustin has been in the media spotlight in recent days due to his participation in the attack in Bryansk, where neo-Nazi agents shot at civilians and children, causing fatal victims in a demilitarized zone, far from the disputed territory of the conflict. Apparently, Kapustin continued to illegally move inside Russian territory after the Bryansk incident, planning the March 6 attack.
"The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation has prevented an attempt on the life of a public figure: CEO of the Tsargrad group of companies Konstantin Malofeev (...) The organizer of the crime is the founder and one of the leaders of the so-called Russian Volunteer Corps, who lives on the territory of Ukraine and acts under the control of the Ukrainian Security Service, participating in combat operations against Russian troops on the side of Ukraine. This is Russian citizen Denis Kapustin, born in 1984. The act of terrorism was planned to be carried out by detonating a home-made explosive device attached under Malofeev's car", FSB's press service stated.
It is also important to mention that Kapustin is pointed out by Moscow’s intelligence as responsible for another attack on Russian soil, in August 2022, the same month of Dugina's murder. At the time, Kapustin tried to perform a terrorist attack on an oil and gas station in Volgograd region, having been thwarted by Russian agents.
In fact, the case shows that there are indeed foreign agents infiltrated within Russian territory, where they are committing crimes and practicing terrorism. Although the domestic situation is obviously under Moscow's control, as the government has been able to neutralize threats and identify perpetrators, there is concern that further attacks will occur in the near future.
It is necessary to remember that the American war veteran, former UN inspector Scott Ritter predicted that new attacks would take place inside Russian territory, since, according to him, Kiev's intention with these operations is to provoke an escalation strong enough to justify, in the face of public opinion, the Ukrainian receiving of more western weapons.
With these attitudes, Kiev reinforces the arguments of Russian politicians and military who demand that the special military operation be elevated to the status of "counterterrorist operation". In such a situation, Kiev would indeed achieve a Russian escalation, but surely the force with which Moscow would react would be so strong that Ukraine would be unable to provoke a prolongation of the conflict with Western weapons. Furthermore, with the insistence of Western support for the Ukrainian neo-Nazi regime, it already seems clear that NATO’s countries can be considered state sponsors of terrorism.