The “offense” of the Russian authorities at the international reaction in connection with the poisoning of the politician Alexei Navalny was a one of the resonant events of the end of 2020.

On December 30, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the British Ambassador to Russia, Deborah Bronnert, and told her that the Russian Federation had expanded the number of “British citizens who are barred from entering the territory” of the Russian Federation, linking this decision with the imposition by London of pan-European sanctions against representatives of the Russian authorities after the Navalny poisoning.

The list includes those who, according to Moscow, “are involved in escalating anti-Russian sanctions activity”. Bronnert was pointed to the “unconstructive and unfriendly” actions of the British authorities”, on the opinion of the Russian Federation [1].

Sergey Menyailo was among the “offended Russians”. He was, at number 12, included on October 15, 2020, in the “Official Journal of the European Union” No. L 341 with the following wording: “During the trip, the activities of Alexei Navalny were closely monitored by the Russian authorities… On August 20, 2020, he became seriously ill and was hospitalized in Omsk hospital… A specialized laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidences, also confirmed by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a toxic nerve agent from the “Novichok” group. This toxic agent is available only to government agencies of the Russian Federation. In these conditions, it can be concluded that the poisoning of Alexei Navalny was possible only with the consent of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation”.

As further stated in the EU officialdom, “taking into account the leadership role of Sergey Menyailo as a representative of the Administration in the Siberian Federal District, he is responsible for encouraging and supporting persons who carried out or took part in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the nerve agent “Novichok”, what is the use of chemical weapons in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention” [2].

Thus, the repeated long-term candidate for international criminals due to the occupation of Crimea and Russian aggression against neighbors Sergey Menyailo actually became an accomplice in a new, and again international, episode of his criminal activity.

Let us remind our readers that in August 2008 Menyailo took an active part in the naval landing campaign during the operation of the RF Armed Forces “to force Georgia to peace”, and in fact in an act of aggression against an independent state. To deliver the Russian “peacekeeping contingent” to the area of the armed conflict, Menyailo headed “a detachment of warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Abkhazia”.

For these “merits” on May 30, 2009 Menyailo was appointed deputy commander of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, but in December 2011 the “promising” vice-admiral Menyailo was dismissed from his post and transferred to the reserve.

The next criminal episode of Sergey Menyailo was active participation in the occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine. So, on April 14, 2014, by decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, he was appointed “acting governor of Sevastopol”. On September 17, 2014, the President of the Russian Federation proposed the candidacy of Sergey Menyailo for the post of “Governor of Sevastopol”, and on October 9, 2014, the “Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol” elected Sergey Menyailo to this “position”.

But, already on July 28, 2016, Putin prematurely terminated the powers of the “governor of Sevastopol” Sergey Menyailo “at his own request”, appointing the former naval officer as the President’s Plenipotentiary Representative in the Siberian Federal District [3]. Meanwhile, in the occupied Sevastopol they are well aware of the reasons for this decision.

For example, political scientist Alexander Irkhin wrote that at that time, in the permanent conflict between the “governor of Sevastopol” and the “speaker of the Sevastopol Legislative Assembly” there was a “new emotional outburst”. The inability of Mr. Menyailo and Aleksei Chaly to come to an agreement on a number of pressing commercial and corruption issues even led to a “management crisis” of the invaders.

Alexander Formanchuk, the head of the “Crimean branch” of the fund, close to the Kremlin, generally stated that the rivalry between the “speaker” and the “governor” was “personal” and that they were not able to find a compromise [4]. We add that, as always, the relations of this kind are spoiled precisely by property issues, especially when it comes to the development of millions of “federal target programs”.

Other, possibly motivated by Menyailo’s enemies, sources wrote angrily about the “alcoholic admiral” who “took part in the seizure of Crimea and Sevastopol”. It was argued that “to save face, Putin transferred Menyailo as a “permanent representative” to Siberia, out of sight. In reality, Menyailo, even as the “governor of Sevastopol”, greatly abused alcohol, by 12 noon he was often insane. Sometimes, he relieved a small need, without getting up from the “governor’s” chair. It is actually scary – to slowly die of incurable alcoholism” [5].

However, no one died “from alcoholism”, and after Menyailo, Mr. Chaly “fought” with another “governor” Dmitry Ovsyannikov. And now, driven out of the “city government” by the invaders, Chaly is trying to preserve his business assets in the city and therefore is frantically looking for “points of contact” with the new “governor” Mikhail Razvozzhaev.

The enemy of Chaly, admiral Menyailo, who was sent “into an honorable Siberian exile”, as we see, managed to be “checked in” there in a new episode of international crimes by the Russian authorities.

  1. https://www.dw.com/ru/nawalny-vergiftung-russland-verbietet-einreise-für-mehrere-britische-staatsbürger/a-56093541
  2. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=OJ:L:2020:341:FULL&from=EN
  3. http://rucompromat.com/persons/menyaylo_sergeyhttp://rucompromat.com/articles/sergeyu_menyaylo_pridetsya_dosrochno_chto-to_menyat
  4. https://infonavigator.com.ua/analitika/ukraina-poezda-i-evrazijskij-ekspress-samoubijc/
  5. https://meduza.io/feature/2019/08/14/konets-russkoy-vesny-v-sevastopole
  6. https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/4442002