Counterintelligence operatives with the SBU Security Service of Ukraine have nabbed a former interior ministry officer, charging him with spying in favor of the Russian FSB.

"A resident of the city of Zaporizhia, a former employee of the internal affairs bodies of Ukraine, while on a visit to the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, was recruited by an operative of the Russian FSB," the SBU's press center reported.

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On the instructions of his "supervisor," the asset, through his personal contacts, would gather intelligence on the social, political, and economic situation in Zaporizhia. Later, he would hand over the information received to a representative of the foreign special service when leaving for Crimea under the fake pretext of family issues.

SBU agents have duly documented the facts of the perpetrator's illegal activities. During a warranted search in the culprit's home, security operatives found physical evidence confirming his clandestine operations, according to the report.