Alex Dyumin, a presidential decree appointed acting Governor of Tula region, in an interview with the newspaper “Kommersant” commented on reports that he participated in operation on evacuation of the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Russia in 2014. According to Dyumin, he never saw Viktor Yanukovych “after the known events in Ukraine”.
“I don’t understand where that’s coming from. Where are the legends? Who creates these myths? This gentleman after the beginning of the known events in Ukraine I never saw. And what are you asking me, I can’t even comment on because it’s not like that”, — Dyumin told.
The acting Governor also said that there will be nothing to tell about the activities of the unit in which he served, because “can’t”.
Previously, the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to close to the General staff source reported that Dyumin has developed and conducted an operation on evacuation to Russia of Viktor Yanukovych in the night of 23 February 2014. On successful completion it was reported to President Vladimir Putin, who praised the actions of subordinates Dyumin.
In 2014 Dyumin headed the special operations Forces — closed unit involved in the operation on the accession of Crimea to Russia. Their role was mentioned in the movie “the Crimea. The way to Motherland” by Andrei Kondrashov, shown a year after joining the Peninsula.
In response to a question about whether he had received the title of Hero of Russia “for Crimea”, Dyumin declared that he will not comment on that. “For completing special tasks within the unit. Not special tasks and special tasks”, — said the new head of the Tula region.
Earlier in the Kremlin on the issue of participation Dyumin in the operation to evacuate Yanukovych said that “a similar operation is performed by special forces,” and in presidential administration do not have information about their staff.
Dyumin was appointed acting Governor of the Tula region, after Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of Governor Vladimir Gruzdev. Prior to the appointment of acting Governor Dyumin served as Deputy defense Minister. In this position he worked for just over a month. Sources TASS, “Interfax” and “RIA Novosti” in the presidential administration claimed that the candidacy of Alexei Dyumin, to the post of acting Governor of the Tula region to Putin invited defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.