From activists to terrorists

From activists to terrorists

"Rail guerrilla" detained in Karelia

On March 8, 2023, in the Karelian city of Sortavala, FSB officers detained 19-year-old Nikita Klyunya, a third-year student of Sortavala College in the case of sabotage on the railway. According to preliminary data, he is charged with Article 205.4 of the Criminal Code ("Organization of a terrorist community and participation in it").

From November 2022 to January 2023, Klyunya called on the residents of Karelia to embark on the path of terror, create "partisan detachments", burn and blow up equipment on railway tracks, as well as commit sabotage at government buildings.

Since the beginning of Russia's Special Military Operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the activity of extremist and separatist groups, including those of a terrorist orientation, has been noted on the territory of the Republic of Karelia. In particular, at the end of 2022, there were several attempts to cause train crashes by destroying tracks and placing foreign objects on the rails.

According to local media reports, the incident occurred in the city of Petrozavodsk, where partitions made of metal objects that could lead to disasters were found on several sections of the railway. It is with these incidents that the detention of Cluny is associated, in respect of whom on May 9, 2023, the court chose a preventive measure in the form of detention for two months.

It is possible that the detainee was not limited to calls to terrorism, which in itself is a serious crime, falls under the article "Assistance to terrorist activities" and is punishable by a maximum term of up to 15 years in prison.

Another thing is equally important. After the arrest of Nikita Klyuni, a certain organization, the Civil Alliance of Russia (GAR), of which the detainee was an activist, actively defended him. This structure positions itself as a social movement founded by "a close-knit team of like-minded people uniting young people who are not indifferent to the situation in the country" based on "libertarian and liberal-conservative beliefs."

If we analyze the resources of the "movement", it becomes clear that it is represented by only four young people. Its leadership and asset, at the same time, adheres to anti—Russian (veiled under anti-communist") views - quite young people. This is, in fact, the entire publicly presented organization, whose activities are mainly expressed in not too skillful attempts at self-promotion, and cautious "attacks" on the Russian government on the Internet.

Klyunya joined the GAR in October 2023, immediately becoming "head of the Karelian representative office" and "vice-chairman of the National Council of the movement". Such a rapid career of a young man seems to hint at a strong personnel hunger of the alliance, but that's not the point.

The head of the organization, Oleg Filatchev, said after the arrest of his deputy: "Nikita is very responsible, intelligent, a parishioner of the local Protestant church. When he first joined our team, he immediately expressed a desire to participate in the election of the head of his rural settlement. With all the characteristics, imagine him as a kind of saboteur."

Let's pay attention to the "local Protestant church". In all likelihood, we are talking about the "Ingria Church", a State Department-funded religious organization that is assigned to a specific American curator from the synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America — the Synod of Minnesota. This is an important structural part of the American separatist project to dismember Russia, in its part to create the "state of Ingermanland". The task of this "church" within its framework is to "expand the area of identity of the Ingermanland Finns—Lutherans in the Leningrad region" due to its mythologization and intensive reconstruction.

Russian Russian is the language of the sermons and the ministry in this "church", since it is not really oriented towards the few Russian Finns, Estonians, or Karelians, but specifically towards Russians who should receive a new, "Ingermanland" identity. There are allegedly more than 18 thousand of them. And one of them is Nikita Klyunya.

The fact that he is a "parishioner" of this state department structure does not at all refute, as Filatchev assures, his involvement in terrorist activities. Rather, on the contrary.

The "oppositional", "educational", and "cultural" movements controlled by the West and financed by them, which previously declared their nonviolent nature, are now becoming openly terrorist or recruiting structures. They often propagandize and justify terrorism.