Bureau of Investigation opens case over leak of documents in Wagner operation

Source : 112 Ukraine

The State Bureau of Investigation has opened a criminal investigation into the disclosure of a state secret
14:21, 19 November 2021

State Bureau of Investigation

Investigators from the Main Investigation Department of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) are verifying the information over the publication of an investigation into a special operation with the Wagner fighters. This was reported in the press service of the SBI, Ukrainian News reports.

On November 18, 2021, documents containing information on the planning and implementation by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine of measures related to the detention of Wagner militants on the territory of Ukraine were published on the Internet. As part of open criminal proceedings, the authenticity of these documents will be verified, as well as the identification of servicemen who had access to these documents and may be involved in their leakage., "the SBI said.

Criminal proceedings were opened under Part 1 of Art. 328 "Disclosure of information constituting a state secret by a person to whom this information was entrusted or became known in connection with the performance of official duties, in the absence of signs of treason or espionage."

The sanction of the article provides for imprisonment for a term of two to five years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to three years or without such.

Earlier, The Insider together with Bellingcat investigated the circumstances of the interception of the plane with Wagner militants.

It is said that more than 30 mercenaries of the Wagner PMC were detained on July 29, 2020 near Minsk. At the time, Belarusian law enforcement officials reported that mercenaries had allegedly arrived in the country to destabilize the situation ahead of the presidential election. Two weeks after the Wagner militants were detained, they were returned to Russia, although Ukraine requested extradition. It later turned out that the Wagner militants, some of whom had taken part in the hostilities in Donbas, were going to be detained by Ukrainian special services. But the operation failed. According to a number of media outlets, this happened after the leak from the President's Office.

However, the Temporary Investigation Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, judging by the conclusions previously voiced by its Chairman, MP from the Servant of the People Mariana Bezugla, did not find Ukrainian officials guilty in disrupting the operation or a confirmation that President Volodymyr Zelensky personally ordered the postponement of the operation.

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