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SBU accuses Russian FSB of illegal detention of Ukrainian fishermen in Azov Sea

The representatives of the service stated that FSB detained Ukrainian citizens illegally, and then got false testimony about alleged overfishing
13:02, 16 August 2019

Izvestia

Ukraine’s Security Service accused Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) of illegal detention of Ukrainian fishermen in Azov Sea, as the press office of the body reports.

“SBU counter-intelligence records gross violations of the norms of international law by the officers of Russian FSB towards Ukrainians who were fishing in Azov Sea legally,” SBU reports.

The representatives of the service stated that FSB detained Ukrainian citizens illegally, and then got false testimony about alleged overfishing.

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In 2018, the FSB coast guard detained two Ukrainians illegally. They were in a boat in the Azov Sea near Berdyansk.

Despite there were no reasons for detention, Ukrainians were forcibly taken to Eysk, Krasnodar Krai.   

Then, without lawyers, representatives of Consular establishment, or any other authorized people, FSB representatives questioned illegally detained Ukrainians and demanded to sign false testimony about overfishing.

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Ukrainians refused to do so, then Russian FSB tried threatening and incriminating them a diversionary and espionage activity against Russia, which provided 20 years of imprisonment.

Under an actual threat, the Ukrainians had to give

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false testimony. A criminal case was opened.

Ukrainians were in different places of detention in Russia.

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After they were released, they had to pay a fine. Their boat was seized.

 

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