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SBU exposes a National Police mole who worked for Russian intelligence (video)

SBU officers uncovered an official of the Main Department of the National Police in the Kharkiv region who worked for the Chief Department of General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces (the GRU). The information was given by Volodymyr Nastyuk, representative of the SBU Counter-Intelligence Department, at a briefing.

The SBU operatives established that the Ukrainian policeman was recruited on the basis of his loyal attitude towards the policy of Russian authorities, during his stay in the Russian city of Belgorod, by a GRU staff officer. “The Service has also established that this Russian intel officer was extensively engaged, as a member of GRU operational group on temporary occupied territories of of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in using the citizens of Ukraine to form a network of agents for subversive and intelligence activities against our state,” stressed Volodymyr Nastyuk.     In the course of their cooperation the Ukrainian law-enforcer and his Russian supervisor from military intelligence strictly followed the rules of secrecy and security. Say, in order to get in touch and transmit the collected information they used an encryption soft for electronic messages; the personal encounters were organised on the territory of Belgorod region of Russia. “The Ukrainian policeman crossed the state border during the weekends, for a day or two. To cover his trips, he used a legend that he had to see his relatives,” emphasized the representative of the SBU Counter-Intelligence unit. The SBU operatives documented the National police official who, in order to fulfil the tasks of Russian supervisor, used his position to collect and transfer secret information that circulated in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Police. He also gave his handler the information on the stationing and deployment level of military  and law-enforcement units in Kharkiv region, including those involved in anti-terrorist operation and Joint Forces ​​Operation in Eastern Ukraine. The law enforcers detained the perpetrator on April 9, under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor's Office of Kharkiv region, following Article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.

During an authorized search at the policeman’s residence, law enforcers found and seized the evidence of his unlawful activities and links with the Russian intelligence officer, in particular, restricted-access USB sticks and a computer that was used for the processing, storage and transmission of gained intelligence information. “We mean the restricted and secret information,” stated Volodymyr Nastyuk.

In particular, the criminal gave his handler the information on the composition of units engaged into territorial defence, reserve manning of public security units, deployment plans of the National Police taskforce, etc. The policeman also collected and summarized the information on Ukrainian patriots who reside in Kharkiv region. “He cynically named these files ‘The Nazis and their accomplices in the city of Kharkiv’”. The files contain the ID data, communication identifiers, addresses, social network profiles of more than 500 Ukrainian citizens. The list includes active members of political and public organizations, volunteers’ movements, members of the National Guard, ATO veterans and other people,” emphasized the SBU representative.

The ideological background of policeman’s unlawful activities is also proven by a large quantity of anti-Ukrainian materials, propaganda of “Novorossia”, “Kharkiv People’s Republic” and the ideas of “Russkiy mir”.

The detainee was served a notice of suspicion in committing a crime stipulated by Part 1 Article 111 (treason) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The issue of choosing a measure of restraint is being decided. The pre-trial investigation is under way.

SBU Press Centre


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