SBU detains Russian special services' agent in Cherkasy region

17:58, 15 December 2017
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Employees of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine have detained an agent of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service in Cherkasy region, according to the SBU's press center.

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SBU agents have established that a native of Samara (Russia), who lived for a long time in Cherkasy region and received Ukrainian citizenship, was recruited back in 1996 by the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation.

Read alsoSBU busts Russian proxy who helped stage destabilizing pseudo-rallies in western Ukraine"With the beginning of the Russian aggression, the supervisors tasked the agent with becoming a member of patriotic pubic or political organizations. The SBU has documented that the accused was engaged in subversive activity in Kyiv and Cherkasy region. The agent shared the obtained information with the Russian special services," the SBU said.

In addition, with the outbreak of hostilities in eastern Ukraine, he also recruited mercenaries to participate in combat actions on the side of local terrorist organizations, namely the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic.

Counterintelligence officers of the SBU detained the agent amid a special operation. During a raid on the place of his residence, the law enforcement officers found mobile devices with the supervisors' contacts and computer equipment with proof that he had shared the information with the Russian special services.

The detainee was informed about suspicion of committing crime under Part 1 Article 111 of the Criminal Code ("high treason"). A pre-trial investigation is underway.

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