Belarusian KGB recruits Ukrainian man to spy on border guards, law enforcers – media
After eleven years of living in Belarus and on returning to Ukraine, the Ukrainian came to the Security Service of Chernihiv region and admitted that he had been recruited by the State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB), Belsat reports.
As follows from the decision of the Ripky district court of Chernihiv region of January 4, 2018, treason charges against the Ukrainian national have been dropped following his confession and no harm inflicted, according to Belsat.
The document notes that in 2006-2017, the Ukrainian permanently resided with his wife in the Khoiniki district of Homiel region. But in June 2017, the Belarusian authorities deprived him of his residence permit, and he had to return to his parents in the village of Repki, Chernihiv region. But he regularly visited his wife in Belarus and filled the car there.
In July 2017, during a regular trip to Belarus, under the threat of deportation and prohibition of entry into Belarus, the KGB officer offered the man to cooperate with the organization. The man agreed by signing the relevant confidential documents. The Ukrainian was supposed to receive assignments and transfer collected information to Belarus during personal meetings with a KGB officer in Novaya Huta.
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In October 2017, a criminal case was opened against the Ukrainian in connection with part 1 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – high treason. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for the term of 12 to 15 years.
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