Law enforcement officials in Ukraine have detained a former "leader" of the so-called "DPR CEC," Roman Lyagin, according to Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.

The man, who organized a pseudo-referendum in the area back in 2014 has been charged with high treason.

"Payback time always comes," Lutsenko wrote on Facebook.

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UNIAN memo. An illegal referendum on "independence" from Ukraine was set up by Russian forces in the occupied Donbas in May 2014.

Roman Lyagin is a Donetsk native, former member of Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions. In 2014, he headed the "CEC" in an illegal "referendum" on recognizing the sovereignty of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic." From May 2014, he became "minister of labor and social policy of the DPR."

He was later fired over "neglect of duty and systematic violation of labor discipline."

In March 2019, MP Natalia Veselova, on her Facebook page, announced that Lyagin had made use of the SBU campaign "Someone's waiting for you back home."

According to the deputy, he will testify about Russia's crimes.

The SBU did not confirm the report.