According to him, Serbian media reported that Patrushev personally thanked Vulin for the submitted information, and then the state TV Russia 24 broadcast a report on what great Serbian secret services are because they handed over “what Russophobes do”.
Kara-Murza explained that the government in Russia calls those who oppose “the authoritarian and corrupt regime of President Vladimir Putin”.
“Basically, we held a seminar in Belgrade in early May for candidates for councilors who represented the opposition. We tried to hold a seminar in Moscow in March, but we were all arrested, 300 of us, and they let us know that we can no longer hold such rallies in Moscow. After that we went to Belgrade, and the topics of the election seminars were standard, “he explained.
Kara-Murza stated that in mid-May, Vulin went to Moscow and handed over transcripts of conversations from a seminar recorded by the Serbian State Security Service to Patrushev, and that Patrushev thanked Vulin.
“It is important to look at the timing. We held a seminar in early May, Vulin flew to Moscow in mid-May, and Andrej Pivovarov, with whom we organized a seminar in Belgrade, was arrested in late May and is still in custody on charges of collaborating with enemy organizations.” , stated Kara-Murza.
Pivovarov is the former executive director of the organization Open Russia, which was founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the Russian prosecutor’s office declared it an “undesirable organization” in 2017. He was arrested by members of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) on May 31 at the airport in St. Petersburg.
Kara-Murza assessed that the fact that Vulin handed over Patrus’s transcript of the conversation “was the reason for the arrest of Pivovarov”.
“I heard that Vulin intends to sue me, but I am afraid I will stand in line, because he should sue the Serbian press before me, then Patrusheva, who thanked the Serbian side for that information and the Russian state TV, which announced that information. Only then. it will be my turn, “said the Russian oppositionist.
Kara-Murza assessed that “it is sad to watch how the current Serbian government voluntarily acts as a runner for Putin’s special services”.
“Serbian-Russian friendship means a lot, I am a historian, I know how closely we are connected both historically and spiritually. It will always be like that, it is very important for both Serbs and Russians, but it has absolutely nothing to do with this perverse friendship.” between the authoritarian or semi – authoritarian regime in Belgrade and the fully authoritarian regime in Moscow, “he said.
“The fact that the current Serbian government is ready to volunteer to run after Putin and Patrushev is very sad,” Kara-Murza concluded.