Vadym Dzhantymyrov, 25, from Mariupol, who moved to Melitopol at the beginning of the full-scale invasion, was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Last year, the man joined the occupation police and tried to expose Ukrainian partisans, and then fled to Kyiv, where he pretended to be a refugee. Eventually, he was detained by Ukrainian law enforcement officers, and Slidstvo.Info journalists found out that Dzhantymyrov was a relative of the traitorous Mariupol police officer Mykola Dzhantymyrov.

On 20 November 2023, the Kommunarskyi District Court of Zaporizhzhia sentenced former police officer Vadym Dzhantymyrov to 8 years in prison with a 15-year ban on working in law enforcement, as well as confiscation of all property.

A former police officer from Mariupol, at the beginning of the full-scale invasion, moved to Melitopol, where he joined the occupation police. There he worked as a “patrol policeman”. According to Ukrainian law enforcement officials, the man patrolled the streets and hunted for members of the resistance movement in the region called the Yellow Ribbon.

In April 2023, Dzhantymyrov fled to Kyiv, where he pretended to be a refugee for some time. He was eventually detained by the Security Service of Ukraine and the police of Zaporizhzhia oblast. 

During the court hearing, Vadym Dzhantymyrov pleaded guilty and cooperated with the Security Service of Ukraine. The man said that he had earned 120 thousand rubles for working for the occupiers. 

“He was not given a uniform. He did not take part in unlawful actions against citizens, but he knew that other police officers used physical violence against citizens they detained. He communicated with his superiors through a Telegram messenger. He received a salary of 120 thousand rubles at the end of June before his dismissal. After receiving his salary, he wrote a letter of resignation,” the verdict reads. 

Earlier, Slidstvo.Info journalists identified Vadym Dzhantymyrov as a relative of a Mariupol police officer, Mykola Dzhantymyrov, who, at the beginning of the full-scale invasion, went over to the enemy along with other police officers.

The journalists spoke to Artem Kisko, the deputy chief of police in Donetsk region, who was Dzhantymyrov Sr’s former superior. It was he who detained Dzhantymyrov Jr.

“He (Mykola Dzhantymyrov — ed.) was the deputy head of one of the police departments there, Prymorskyi. I may know him personally… I never had close contact with him. Then, a year before this great war, he had some troubles at work and was transferred to Prymorskyi. We found out that he was his son (Vadym Dzhantymyrov — ed.) when he was detained. He was detained by my subordinates,” says Artem Kisko.

The guy served in the occupation police, and then decided to resign and use the “road of life” (evacuation) to leave the occupation in April 2023. Vadym went to Kyiv, where he pretended to be a refugee for some time.

“When this ‘road of life’ was opened, he went through the stabilisation point and left. He even called 102, saying that he had lost contact with his father. There was no connection and he called to have his father declared missing. That’s how we found his address, where he rented a house in Kyiv Oblast,” says Artem Kisko.

According to Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, half of the police officers who went over to the enemy failed to pass the certification and were dismissed from the Ukrainian police.

The video has English subtitles.

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