The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba noted that despite Ukraine’s warnings, the Nicaraguan government had officially appointed an “honorary consul” to the occupied Crimea as part of its own consular staff in Russia.
Mr. Kuleba said that a diplomatic note was already sent to the Nicaraguan government, demanding to cancel this decision immediately. He reported that the odious “consul” Oleh Belaventsev got (in absentia) the sentence from the Sviatoshynskyi court of Kyiv for thirteen years in prison for encroaching the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The “honorary consul” is not a full-fledged consul and such statute is usually appointed to the citizen of the host country with the consent of its authorities.
Oleg Yevgenyevich Belaventsev was born on September 15, 1949, he graduated from the Sevastopol Higher Naval Engineering School in 1971, and rose to the rank of Vice Admiral in his military career, although he “sailed” in a very specific seas – as he was the Soviet military spy.
In particular, in April 1985, the British authorities announced the expulsion from their country 36-year-old Oleg Belaventsev, Third Secretary for Science and Technology of the USSR Embassy, who had worked in London since 1982, on suspicion of espionage. “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” reported in 1998 that Oleg Belaventsev also served in Germany, and that since 1995 Oleg Belaventsev has held the post of First Deputy General Director of the Russian State Company “Rosvooruzhenie” . At that time, “NG” was reported that this Soviet and Russian spies had “friendly relations” with former Defense Minister Pavel Grachev, who had allegedly lobbied for his appointment as head of the “Rosvooruzhenie”.
However, in May 1999, Belaventsev was fired from “Rosvooruzhenie” “in connection with organizational and staffing measures”.
However, the Russian authorities continued to use the “rich international experience” of this “specialist”, and in 2001 instructed Belaventsev to manage the “EMERCOM Agency” of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, which ensured the participation of emergency services in international operations.
In May 2012, after the transition of the Minister of Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu to the post of Chairman of the Moscow region, Oleg Belaventsev became head of this governor, and from December 24, 2012 he was the Vice-president of “Slavyanka” Company of the Russian Ministry of Defense, he also was a member of the board of Russian State “Oboronservice” Company.
From the very beginning of the Russian occupation the Crimea, from March 21, 2014, Oleg Belaventsev was the representative of the Russian President in the “Crimean Federal District”, and from August 28, 2016 he was the representative of the Russian President in the North Caucasus Federal District.
It is clear that the Nicaraguan government knows how to use the Internet and had this obvious information about Belaventsev before his appointment as “consul”, so Nicaragua appointed the Russian spy as its “honorary consul” clearly not for free.
So now all the national governments need to consider – whose interests other Nicaraguan diplomats and consuls are actually lobbying in their territory.