The Russian FSB intelligence agency planned to install listening devices in the halls and lobbies of the Ukrainian parliament building, Ukraine’s SBU security service reported on Twitter on Aug. 19.
In order to implement their plan, the Russians, even before the full-scale invasion, recruited one of the staffers responsible for the management of the affairs of the Rada leadership during his trip to Russian-occupied Crimea.
In addition to installing bugs, he was also supposed to collect intelligence on the visits of foreign delegations to the Ukrainian legislature, in particular their personnel composition, and on the content of official and informal conversations.
"However, by the time of Russia’s full-scale invasion, he had resigned from the state institution, therefore he did not fulfill any task of the occupiers,” said the SBU spokesman Artem Dekhtyarenko.
“Later, the agent tried to get employed at a strategically important facility in Zhytomyr Oblast. To this end, he underwent a special inspection, during which SBU specialists uncovered the fact of recruitment. And the agent himself voluntarily reported and laid out the tasks of the Russian special services.”
In this regard, criminal proceedings have been initiated under Art. 111 (treason) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The sanction provides for pun-ishment in the form of imprisonment of up to 15 years or a life sentence