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Network of Telegram channels publishing materials at request of Russia exposed in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The agential network was made up of the citizens of Kharkiv and Odesa, activists of the so-called Rosiyska vesna (pro-Russian unrests)
16:54, 1 February 2021

Ukraine's Security Service

In Ukraine, the large-scale network acted that was engaged in the defamation of the bodies of the state power and destabilization of the situation in Ukraine at the request of the special services of Russia. The promoted stories were published at 12 Telegram channels as the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported.

“The cyber specialists of the Security Service of Ukraine have exposed the large-scale agential network that dealt with reconnaissance and subversive activities at the request of the special services of the Russian Federation,” the message said.

Thus, it was established that the agential network was created by the so-called 85th Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU). It was made up of the citizens of Kharkiv and Odesa, activists of the so-called Rosiyska vesna (pro-Russian unrests). They base in the territory of Transnistria in Tiraspol.

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The special services of the country-aggressor involved Ukrainian citizens in the creation and administration of a number of political all-Ukrainian and regional Telegram channels: Lehitymny (Legitimate), Resident, Kartel (Cartel), Plitkarka (Gossip Girl), Chorny Kvartal (Black Quarter), Politychny Rozklad (Political Setup), Netypove Zaporizhia (Atypical Zaporizhia), Trempel Kharkiv (Hanger Kharkiv), Odesky frayer (Odesa guy), Dnipro live, Mykolaiv live, Kherson live.

The main manager is a citizen of Odesa; he was one of the organizers of the mass unrests of Odesa Anti-Maidan. He is put on the wanted list.

“The person of interest personally communicates with requestors of the materials, reports to Russian curators about accomplished work and coordinates the possibility of the publishing of promoted stories. The price for publishing makes from a few hundreds of hryvnia ($7) at the regional channels and up to 25,000-30,000 hryvnias ($891-1,069) at all-Ukrainian channels,” the SBU reported.

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The SBU has already identified 50 requestors who transferred funds for the publishing of materials. It is checked whether or not they are involved in the illicit activity to the damage of the information security of Ukraine.

According to the conclusion of the linguistic and psychological expert study, the key task of the agents was the defamation of the bodies of state power, influence on the state policy, artificial creation of the social tension and protest moods among the citizens.

Besides, a citizen of Ukraine was detained in Kyiv and she is one of the key persons of interest of the criminal proceeding. She and one more participant of the agential network were served charges due to state treason. The operative workers get materials that might witness the involvement of detained citizens in the collection of the state secret for special services of Russia.

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Besides, the suspicion in state treason in absentia is served to the leader of the network who conceals from the investigation abroad.

As we reported, the SBU announced that a Russian mercenary, the founder and leader of the Pyatnashka terrorist organization is now on the wanted list. The man is also suspected of torturing captured Ukrainian servicemen.

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