In Vladivostok, investigators, together with police officers, detained a 39-year-old local resident on suspicion of desecrating a monument to Soviet intelligence officer Richard Sorge. This was announced on May 15 at the regional Investigative Committee.
It is reported that after unknown persons poured red paint over the monument on May 10, the chairman of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed the head of the investigation department of the Investigative Committee for the Primorsky Territory to take measures as soon as possible to detain the suspects.
“As a result of competently carried out by the employees of the Investigative Committee and the internal affairs bodies, a 39-year-old resident of Vladivostok was identified and detained,” investigators say.
It is specified that the investigators restored the chronology of the events of that day, in particular, found out the route of the woman before and after she committed an act of vandalism.
In addition, a search was conducted in the apartment of the suspect, the clothes in which she was wearing during the commission of the crime, paint, as well as other items important for the investigation of the criminal case were seized.
The investigators added that forensic examinations, interrogation of witnesses are to be carried out, and the issue of choosing a measure of restraint for the detainee is currently being decided.
On May 11, the Primorsky branch of United Russia reported that it was not possible to wipe off the paint from the pedestal of the monument to the intelligence officer, Hero of the USSR Richard Sorge on Prospekt of the 100th Anniversary of Vladivostok the first time. As a result, the activists of the department put the monument in order with the help of acetone and other solvents.
Scout Richard Sorge volunteered for the German army in 1914 and took part in the First World War.
On assignment from Soviet military intelligence, the German communist Richard Sorge arrived in Japan in 1933 and set up a highly effective intelligence gathering network. He enjoyed the full confidence of the embassy of Nazi Germany in Tokyo, and managed to arrange the receipt of secret information from the highest circles of the Japanese leadership.
Sorge was arrested by Japanese counterintelligence on October 18, 1941. After lengthy interrogations, he was sentenced to death by hanging, which was carried out on November 7, 1944. In 1964, Sorge was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.