Officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) have detained a Ukrainian citizen, Kostiantyn Davydenko, in the Russian-occupied city of Simferopol, Crimea.
The FSB claims the detainee was allegedly engaged in spying in Crimea in the interests of the Ukrainian special services.
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The Russian security services opened a criminal case against the detainee under Article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (espionage).
This is not the first case when the occupying authorities in Crimea arrested Ukrainian citizens on charges of espionage and subversive activity. On November 10, 2016, the FSB announced that "members of a terrorist group of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry" Dmytro Shtyblikov, Oleksiy Bessarabov and Volodymyr Dudko had been detained in Crimea. They were arrested for two months for alleged preparations for an act of sabotage.
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry condemned their detention and called it an "element of Russian aggression against Ukraine."
In November 2017, the Sevastopol City Court in occupied Crimea sentenced Dmytro Shtyblikov to five-year imprisonment in a high-security penal colony. He was also fined RUB 200,000.