The agency saw in the material calls for terrorism.
The Investigative Committee instituted criminal proceedings on appeals for terrorism (Article 205 of the Criminal Code) against journalist Tom Rogan, who published in the Washington Examiner the article “Ukraine should blow up the Crimean bridge of Putin” .
The report says that the author calls for “to undermine the Crimean bridge by bombing.” The department conducts a pre-investigation check on the editor of the publication on the fact of publication, and also appointed a comprehensive psycho-linguistic examination. Foreign citizens who are abroad are liable under the Criminal Code of Russia if they have committed a crime directed against the interests of the country or its citizens.
Article Rogan appeared in the Washington Examiner on May 15, the day the opening of the Crimean bridge.
Ukraine now must destroy the elements of the bridge.
Despite the fact that these actions will lead to strained relations with Putin and are likely to trigger retaliatory measures on the part of Russia, this bridge is an outrageous insult to the reliability of Ukraine as a nation. Of course, this was the main goal for Putin. The bridge cost Russia millions of dollars and almost bankrupted the government, but it gives Putin a formal physical and psychological appropriation of the territory of Ukraine.
Rohan’s article provoked criticism among representatives of the Russian authorities. Vice Speaker of the State Duma Irina Yarovaya and head of the Crimea Sergei Aksyonov saw in the text calls for terrorism. The Russian Embassy in the United States was asked to publish explanations about the material and said it was an attempt to stir up hatred between Russia and Ukraine. The presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called the article “an ugly manifestation of journalism”, Tass noted .
The opening of the Crimean bridge took place on May 15, it was held by Vladimir Putin. He drove across the bridge at KamAZ, leading a convoy of construction equipment involved in the erection of the structure. On May 16, the motorway opened on the bridge . The Crimean bridge is the longest bridge in Russia, its length is 19 kilometers, the cost of the project is 228.3 billion rubles.