Australia’s number one Putin supporter has done ‘a Julian Assange’ and is hiding in Sydney’s Russian consulate to avoid jail.
Simeon Boikov, 33, the self-proclaimed “Aussie Cossack” and pro-Russian campaigner, lives in a private apartment in the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in the exclusive Woollahra suburb of Sydney.
Boikov has been confined to the seven-story building set in lush, manicured gardens since he fled police arrest and certain return to prison last December.
He has now proposed a daring plan to help him avoid prison permanently and skip the country by doping a list of Australians with a Russian paramilitary group he has urged to “capture them” in Ukraine.
He has told the group of mercenaries that he realizes that “in the heat of battle it’s not always possible to take them alive.”
Aussie Cossack Simeon Boikov dobs on Australians reportedly fighting in Ukraine and tells Russian mercenary group Wagner to ‘take them pruisoner’ in exchange for him skipping country and avoiding jail
Boikov, aka the Aussie Cossack, has been incarcerated at the Russian consulate in Woollahra since seeking asylum last December to avoid going to prison for violating his parole
Boikov, above with his wife Ekaterina Olshannikova, known as Ms. Cossack, at a meeting last year before being jailed for six months for naming an alleged pedophile
Despite his plan to leave Australia, Boikov told the Sydney Morning Herald that he was safe, comfortable and “didn’t live out of a suitcase” in the consulate.
He said Russia’s Australian diplomats “have no intention of extraditing me … these are not the Ecuadorians.”
Boikov was referring to the Ecuadorian embassy that expelled Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in 2019 after granting him political asylum for seven years from being extradited to Sweden or the US over allegations of sexual assault and conspiracy to leak military secrets.
Boikov was convicted in February in his absence of causing bodily harm to a 76-year-old man at a rally in support of Ukraine at Sydney Town Hall in December.
He posted a video to his since-suspended YouTube channel after the rally showing him in a scuffle with the man, who fell backwards down the stairs and was taken to hospital with head injuries.
Boikov was on parole at the time, having served six months in prison last year for naming an alleged pedophile at an anti-lockdown rally in May 2022.
The police charged Boikov and revoked his parole and confiscated his passport.
Boikov, 33, lives in a private apartment in the seven-storey consulate (an interior of the building, pictured) in manicured gardens in Sydney’s elite suburb of Woollahra
Boikov now broadcasting from the Russian consulate on Bumble begging Russian mercenaries to capture Australians fighting in Ukraine: ‘I realize in the heat of battle it’s not always possible to take them alive’
After being told he would be taken into custody immediately, he drove to the Russian consulate, was granted asylum and has remained there ever since.
In a new post last week on the Rumble video channel that he recorded from the consulate, Boikov has appealed to Evgeniy Prigozhin, head of the Wagner Group, a Russian private paramilitary group, to help him.
In the video posted, spoken in Russian but with English subtitles, Boikov said, “I’m currently in the Russian consulate.
“The only way to leave here given that Australia is an island is through a diplomatic solution.
‘I know that the Wagner group is capable of solving a range of problems, even on distant borders.
“That is why I propose the possibility of a prisoner exchange so that I can leave Australia and move to Russia, where I can continue my service to the benefit of the Russian world.”
Boikov then said he had a list of Australians and New Zealanders who fought against Russia in Ukraine.
‘Some of them (200) were killed. Some of them survive,” he said.
“I appeal to you if you encounter these people, please capture them and contact the Russian consulate to facilitate an exchange.
He then recites from a list of names that run on the screen next to him.
“Of course I realize that in the heat of battle it’s not always possible to get them alive.”
Boikov said if they could take Australians in alive he would be ‘deeply grateful’, adding ‘keep working brothers! We’re on your side!”