Security Service suspects its ex-employee in recruitment of Crimea’s citizens for data collection

The SBU established that FSB prosecutes pro-Ukrainian citizens of occupied Crimea
17:17, 21 October 2019

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) suspects its employee Dmytro Karelin in the recruitment of the citizens of Crimea for collection of the information about pro-Ukrainian activists on the peninsula as the SBU reported.

“The counterintelligence men of the Security Service of Ukraine established that the workers of the Russian FSB force the citizens who live in temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to agree for confidential cooperation. The main task is the collection of the information about pro-Ukrainian citizens on the peninsula,” the message said.

It is reported that first of all, the offers come to the workers of the internet services sphere. They receive the demands to illegally collect the personal data on a confidential basis, report about the content on the social networks and other private information of the users. The data is used by the Russian special services later to prosecute disloyal to occupation authority and policy of Russia local citizens.

It is noted that representative of Russian FSB, ex-officer of the Chief Department of the Security Service of Ukraine in Crimea Dmytro V. Karelin is involved in this activity. In 2014, he was a renegade and defected to the side of the militants.

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The SBU reminded that defecting to the side of the militants in the term of the military state or during the armed conflict, espionage, provision of the aid in the subversion against Ukraine to the foreign state, foreign organization and their representatives is punished by the imprisonment for 10-15 years.

A person who was recruited by hostile special services but refused from the task and reported about it to the law enforcement bodies is exempted from criminal liability.

In September, representatives of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation illegally detained an inspector of one of the divisions of the State Customs Service of Ukraine. The man was detained while crossing the Ukrainian-Russian border at the Shebekino checkpoint. During the inspection of his car, officers of the Russian special service allegedly found dual-purpose goods in it.

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