FSB agent exposed in Odesa spied on Ukrainian army in hope of gaining apartment in Crimea

4 February, 10:52 PM
The SBU detained a Russian agent who worked for the FSB, hoping to get an apartment in Crimea (Photo:SBU)

The SBU detained a Russian agent who worked for the FSB, hoping to get an apartment in Crimea (Photo:SBU)

Ukrainian intelligence have exposed a former military officer who was an undercover agent, spying on the Ukrainian military for Russia’s FSB security service, Ukraine’s SBU security service’s press office reported on Feb. 4

The spy was hoping to be given an apartment in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea in exchange for his spying, the SBU said.

The traitor established the links with the SBU back in 2010 and has been actively collecting intelligence about Ukrainian military services in the southern areas since 2020.

He paid special attention to international military activities in the Black Sea and at training grounds in Ukraine – in particular the training of combat units in the use of U.S.-made Javelin portable anti-tank missile systems.

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He also spied on weapon and dual-use goods shipments to Ukraine via the Black Sea's ports of Odesa, Mariupol, Chornomorsk, Izmail, and Skadovsk.

The SBU officers documented the facts of the enemy agent's reconnaissance and subversive activities and identified his Russian handlers.

The traitor was detained by the SBU.

According to the investigation, the traitor was a local resident who graduated from the Kostroma Higher Command School (Russia) in 1990 with a degree in chemical intelligence.

Then, until the mid-90s, he served at the headquarters of the Odesa Military District and retired with the rank of captain.

After that, he went into business and opened a sports equipment store in the center of Odesa. He was engaged in smuggling sports products from Russia. Thus, he came to the attention of the FSB and was recruited during his next visit to Russia. Before the full-scale invasion, he received the task of collecting intelligence in favor of the aggressor country.

Closed electronic communication channels were used for communication. The agent also passed on intelligence "reports" during personal meetings in Russia.

The traitor hoped to receive from the occupiers in alienating in his favor a real estate property worth $200,000 in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Based on the obtained evidence, the SBU investigators served the detainee a notice of suspicion for high treason.

The form of his pretrial detention is currently being decided.

The SBU said investigations are ongoing to “bring to justice all of the persons involved in this crime.”

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