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FSB officers force Ukrainians who regularly visit Crimea to cooperate, – State Service of Security

Collected information is used by Russian special services in order to recruit Ukrainian military and law enforcement officers
14:01, 4 November 2019

Defense Post

Employees of the Federal Service of Security of the Russian Federation (FSB) are forcing Ukrainians who often visit the annexed Crimea to cooperate. The cooperation had to be confidential. It was reported by the press service of the Security Service of Ukraine.

Ukrainians had to gather information for Russian special services about the State Service of Security of Ukraine, its staff, border guards and military personnel who are performing tasks next to the border with Crimea.

It is worth noting that FSB staff are asking Ukrainians, who are employed within the territory of the annexed Crimea or work as private carriers, to collect information. Collected information is eventually used by Russian special services for the recruitment of Ukrainian servicemen and law enforcement officers.

"Forms and methods of Federal Security Service’s “work” in Crimea are the same for the whole structure of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. It is an artificial creation of compromising situations, blackmail, threats, intimidation, physical and psychological pressure. Threats of restricting access to the Peninsula are being used repeatedly,” - the message says.

As we reported earlier, during the five years of occupation, law enforcement officers reported more than 300 cases of pressure on journalists in Crimea. The representative office of the President of Ukraine in Crimea states this on Facebook.

Such pressure means physical attacks, torture, arbitrary detention, seizure of property, searches, psychological pressure, denial of access to information and other forms of obstruction of journalistic activities.

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