SBU aware of the Russian ties of its new deputy head

26 May, 08:32 PM
Serhiy Naumyuk (Photo:via Anti-Corruption Action Center / Facebook)

Serhiy Naumyuk (Photo:via Anti-Corruption Action Center / Facebook)

Ukraine’s SBU security service is aware that relatives of Serhiy Naumyuk – its recently-appointed Deputy Head – hold Russian citizenship, SBU press service reported via Telegram on May 26.

According to the message, before his appointment as deputy head, Naumyuk underwent all the necessary vetting procedures stipulated by law.

“Close relatives of Serhiy Naumyuk are citizens of Ukraine, at the same time, Serhiy Naumyuk previously reported about the possession of Russian passports by his father and brother,” the SBU said.

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“These documents were obtained after the [Russian] occupation of Luhansk in 2014, where both relatives lived.”

According to the agency, after leaving the temporarily occupied region, they applied for renunciation of Russian citizenship. However, Russian “officials” deliberately block the consideration of relevant applications, the press service emphasizes.

“At the moment, Serhiy Naumyuk's father and brother are legally residing in the United States, where they are waiting for the cancellation of Russian citizenship,” the message reads.

“They oppose the actions of Russia, which started a full-scale war in Ukraine.”

Earlier, Ukrainian investigative journalism project Skhemy reported that the father of the new Deputy Head of the SBU, Naumyuk, has a valid Russian. According to journalists, the document is still valid, as it is not on the list of invalid passports on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

Naumyuk himself previously confirmed that his father and brother have Russian passports, but explained this as a forced decision "for domestic reasons", and said that they later refused other Russian-issued documents.

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