SBU prooflessly persecutes software developers for alleged working for ‘Russian curators’

Author : 112.ua

Ukraine’s Security Service conducted searches in the offices of Dragon Capital and Ukrgazvydobuvannya for using "Stakhanovets" software, bought through Prozorro public procurement system

10:05, 11 October 2017

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Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv opened a civil case involving the Security Service (SBU) and the founder of "Stakhanovets" software Mykhailo Yakymovych, on protecting business reputation and refuting fake information. According to the court's decision, published in the Unified State Register of Judicial Decisions of Ukraine, first meeting is scheduled for November 10, 2017.

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Previously, the creator of the software, "Stakhanovets," Ukrainian businessman Yakymovych filed a lawsuit against the SBU to protect honor and dignity after the statement of the Service that the software developed by his firm is a threat, because allegedly the developers cooperated with Russian FSB. "We demand a refutation of SBU statements about the connections between me, the products to which I have attitude, and the FSB. Refutation of statements about sending data to the special services of the Russian Federation and statements that the product is banned (we even received a certificate from Ukraine’s State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection). We ask to refute all the lies that they have placed," Yakymovych said in a comment to 112.ua. He added that now he prepares other claims with a request to refute information that he allegedly had “Russian curators.”

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The court suggested SBU to provide written objections to the claim and references to the evidence by which they are justified.

Security Service previously conducted searches in the offices of Dragon Capital and Ukrgazvydobuvannya, and seized computer equipment because it allegedly used prohibited software. SBU said that about 300 companies in Ukraine use "spyware" software of "Stakhanovets," whose developers allegedly cooperate with the FSB. The companies bought the software "Prozorro" (public procurement system). The management of Dragon Capital and Ukrgazvydobuvannya reacted negatively to the actions of the law enforcers, accusing them of unjustified withdrawal of equipment and damage to the country's investment image.

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Yakymovych claims that his software is an analog of Western programs, which are used in dozens of countries around the world, but because of Ukrainian legislation, the Security Service of Ukraine got the right to "create nightmarish struggle" in the IT sphere.

Some people's deputies have harshly criticized what is happening. Mustafa Nayem wrote that this is similar to "the marasmus of the belligerent country - when the Security Service can come to the investment company to check its software and demand for confiscation of all computer equipment." Serhiy Leshchenko believes that "searches are more than just an ordinary operation of SBU. This means that no one can be protected from their visit."

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At the same time, the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko admitted that private companies in Ukraine should have the right to choose software at their discretion, even if it is produced in Russia.

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