Dnipropetrovsk region: SBU blocks regular attempts of Russian special services to intervene in electoral process in Ukraine (video)
SBU officers during planned work on counterintelligence protection of state interests in the sphere of informational security blocked the attempts of Russian special services to intervene in the electoral process in Ukraine.
The SBU operatives documented that handlers from the Russian Federation involved residents of the Dnipropetrovsk region in spreading in social networks the fake materials of provocative nature that affect the electoral mood of the population.
During the pre-trial investigation the SBU officers documented that the Dnipro resident distributed in the social networks information containing public appeals to change the territorial boundaries and state border of Ukraine, as well as other destructive materials.
In course of investigative actions, law enforcement officers found that the criminal exchanged emails with a resident of Rostov-on-Don city (Russia), who gave the task of distributing fake news about the situation in Ukraine in the political, religious, and social and economic spheres. After the election campaign started, the citizen of the Russia provided the distributor with negative materials about the visits of candidates for the post of President of Ukraine to the cities of the region.
SBU officers found that the Russian also used social networks to search for Ukrainian citizens who had traumatic or pneumatic weapons with permits, for their further involvement in mass rallies and disorders before and during the Presidential election in Ukraine.
At present, the pretrial investigation is ongoing in the framework of criminal proceeding initiated under Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. SBU investigators also served notices of suspicion of committing crimes against the foundations of national security to two more residents of the region involved by Russian special services into preparations for interfering in future Presidential elections in Ukraine.
For the Attention of the SBU Head