The source reported that Ukrainians traveling to Russia were recruited by the SBU

Multilateral automobile checkpoint Armyansk in Crimea. Archive photo

Russian security officials have learned that the SBU has been recruiting Ukrainians who have traveled to Russia since 2014.

Kherson, August 27 – RIA Novosti. Since 2014, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) massively recruits Ukrainian citizens who often travel to Russia, forcing them to transfer data on the Russian army in the Crimea and other regions, this plan continues to this day, it comes to this conclusion. RIA Novosti told an employee of the Russian law enforcement agencies that the Russian law enforcement agencies had arrived.

“Ukraine’s special services are increasing pressure on Ukrainian citizens, who cross the border with Russian-controlled territory, to involve them in criminal terrorist activities. They forced them to collect data on the movement of Russian troops in the Crimea, transmit location coordinates and numbers. As well as Russian units Important objects on the Crimean peninsula” – said the agency’s source.

According to him, the victims of recruitment were taxi drivers, carriers and people visiting relatives in Russia, as well as citizens crossing the border. He noted that the SBU and the Ukrainian border guards began to blackmail people under any pretext.

“They say: “If you do not help Ukraine, we close the entrance for five years.” Or they just threaten to burn the car. And for many carriers, this is the only income, someone is deprived of the opportunity to see sick relatives, someone loses their job and people are forced to sign a cooperation agreement,” the source said.

The interlocutor of the agency also provided personal and official documents of current employees of the SBU and the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service (GPSU), who fled Kherson after the start of the Russian special operation and continued to recruit Ukrainians.

According to him, the SBU and the State Border Guard Service at the border begin to blackmail people under any pretext.

Sergei Dyachuk, a resident of the Kherson region, who was detained by Russian security forces in the spring, said during an interrogation, video of which was obtained by RIA Novosti, that he was recruited by the State Border Guard Service at the customs station in Chongar. in 2018. “I was engaged in fishing, poaching, transporting people to the Crimea, and I went there to my relatives. They told me to film and transmit what is happening in the Crimea, what is happening at customs, at the Dzhankoy checkpoint on the FSB border service, so I can photograph and transmit,” he said.

As Dyachuk said, the border guards extorted money from him and his comrades. “They didn’t let us fish, we paid them 2,000 hryvnia a month to fish, and they also took this information from us. I tried to refuse cooperation but they started threatening me that they would send my son to the ATO or elsewhere.” “He had to cooperate with them,” he said.

Those who left Crimea to other parts of Russia were especially seriously threatened. “They were told right away:” If you went to the mainland through a bridge, Simferopol airport or port, then that’s it – you violated the border with Ukraine, which means we will put you in jail for seven years. “If suddenly they find a tricolor Russian passport somewhere, if you speak openly in Russian, or if one of your relatives lives in Russia, in the Crimea – threats of criminal prosecution immediately follow.”

According to him, it especially helped the residents of Kherson and the region themselves to get acquainted with the scheme of work of recruiters, who recently began to talk more often about the destructive work of the Ukrainian security forces, corruption schemes and “protection”. “border work.

“From the first days of the start of the CMD, the border guards of Ukraine and the SBU officers assigned to them fled, leaving not only their personal belongings, but also official IDs, passports, service weapons, databases, documents marked “confidential”, the source said. “Many details of the work are known,” he said.

Among the documents that turned out to be in the hands of the Russian security forces were the passports and officer certificates of SBU and PSSU employees, identified by their recruits. So, Vladislav Karazey, officer of the border operational-research department “Genichesk” of the main operational-research department of the Kherson border detachment from the Khmelnytsky district of the Southern Regional Directorate of the State Border Service of Ukraine, recruited people crossing the border. and when he gave up his post and moved to another service, he transferred his agents to a friend – the detective of the same detachment, Alexei Pasternak, who was also a native of the Zaporozhye region. According to the investigation, he established corrupt relations with recruits: he took “extortion” from fishermen, embezzled money due to agents for good deeds.

Another certificate belongs to Mikhail Zherebchenko, a detective of the department of counterintelligence support and state protection in the field of economic security of the Main Directorate of the SBU in the Crimea, a native and a resident of the Kherson region.

All of them continue to work according to the previous scheme. “It was found that these operational officers of the SBU and the State Border Guard Service, with the start of the SVO, urgently left the Kherson region, leaving secret service documents and service weapons, and went to the regions of Ukraine controlled by Kyiv. They continue to carry out operational work,” he said. source.

The representative of the Russian law enforcement agencies urged citizens who have been harmed by such recruitment to contact the nearest police station or administration in the Russian-controlled areas and noted that Article 275 (treason and secret cooperation with foreign special services) and Article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (espionage) ) is relieved of criminal liability upon voluntary and timely notification to the authorities, which helps to prevent further damage to Russian interests.

Source: Ria





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