Father calls dead Russian turncoat pilot ‘a traitor’ — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

Father calls dead Russian turncoat pilot ‘a traitor’ — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

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The helicopter pilot who deserted to Ukraine deserved his fate, according to one of his parents

Oleg Sivaev told Russian media on Monday that his estranged son’s death in Spain did not come as a surprise, calling Maksim Kuzminov a “Judas” who sold out his country for a fistful of dollars.

Kuzminov was found dead in Spain earlier this month, riddled with bullets and run over by a car. He had been given a new identity after deserting to Ukraine last August in a Mi-8 helicopter and causing the death of two crew members.

“Of course I expected that to happen to him,” Sivaev said in a video shared by the Telegram channel Baza. “No country has ever respected a traitor.”

“He acted like Judas,” Sivaev added. “But I pity him that he sold out for small change. Betrayed his fatherland, his teammates.”

Sivaev said he hadn’t seen Kuzminov since 2013, when he was told his son was “studying in the West and working as a pilot.”

On February 13, Spanish authorities reported a homicide in the resort town of Villajoyosa, later identifying the body as that of Kuzminov. He was reportedly paid $500,000 by the government in Kiev and placed into a “protection plan” in an EU country.

Mikhail Podoliak, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, accused Moscow of assassinating the turncoat using the “Russian mafia” that was allegedly “well established” in Spain.

“If a pilot who enjoys a protection plan has to avoid contacts, change his life to stay alive, and this still happens to him, Spain has to investigate,” Podoliak told the newspaper El Mundo in an interview published on Monday.

According to the Spanish media, the government in Madrid provided the pilot with a false identity, but no other “protection.”

While taking no responsibility for Kuzminov’s death, Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service chief Sergey Naryshkin called him a “traitor and criminal” who became “a moral corpse” the moment he carried out his betrayal.

“To a dog, a dog’s death,” said Dmitry Medvedev, former president and current deputy head of the National Security Council, in response to a question about Kuzminov’s reported demise.

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