He was at Maidan, but wasn’t a protester — Kharkov deputy of Kharkov-Istanbul flight hijacker
Ivan Varchenko, People’s Deputy of Kharkov Regional Council from the Batkivschyna party says he knew Artem Kozlov, recently detained for attempting to hijack a plane en route Kharkov-Istanbul, for about a year. According to the deputy, Kozlov offered him to make a website and administrate it on a volunteer basis.
Varchenko said that Artem was not a 100% supporter of the Maidan: “He was on the Maidan several times, visiting, but was not a protester, as far as I know. He was not a party member. It is probably impossible to say that he had explicitly oppositional, EuroMaidan-centred views. Our last meeting is a good example of eccentric views of Artem Kozlov. It happened on the day when he, as it turned out, flew to Sochi via Istanbul. He was wearing a ribbon “Our president — Viktor Yanukovych 2010”. On my question what is the reason for it, he replied: “There is a big problem. Our President was taken hostage by Putin, it is necessary to help him out…” This case shows his eccentric views.”
On February 7, Kharkov resident Artem Kozlov tried to hijack a plane Kharkov-Istanbul and force the pilot to fly to Sochi, the city-host of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. In Istanbul, the Turkish security services detained Kozlov.