SBU prepares charges against nine more individuals thought to have organized sham referendums

1 October 2022, 07:09 PM
Russian tricolour near a destroyed enemy tank in Izyum, Kharkiv region, liberated from the invaders (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Russian tricolour near a destroyed enemy tank in Izyum, Kharkiv region, liberated from the invaders (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Ukraine’s SBU has prepared charges against nine more people on suspicion that they helped organize pseudo-referendums in Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine, the security service said on Oct. 1.

The issue of adding the suspects to the international wanted list is being considered, the SBU said.

According to the SBU's channel on the Telegram messenger, the leader of the "LPR"militants, a Kremlin puppet called Leonid Pasichnyk, is suspected of collaboration. According to the inquiry, he signed a petition of the "deputies" of the bogus "People's Council of the LPR" on the "coming into force" of the sham "referendum ...on the matter of joining the Russian Federation."

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On Pasichnyk's orders, fake "election commissions" were formed, and funding was provided for the preparation and holding of the sham referendum. The collaborator also frequently participated in propaganda events intended to justify the need for a fake "freedom of expression,” the SBU said.

Eight so-called "deputies of the People's Council of the "DNR" were also suspected of collaboration and encroachment on Ukraine's territorial integrity.

The SBU named them as: Alexander Malkov, Natalia Strelchuk, Miroslav Rudenko, Anastasia Selivanova, Oleksandr Bondarenko, Oleksandr Diagovets, and Alexey Zhigulin.

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According to the SBU, the collaborators "voted" for the falsified law in a so-called "referendum" and requested its "signing" from the leader of the "DNR" terrorist organization, Denys Pushylin.

They face sentences of 5 to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

Previously, the SBU issued suspicion notifications to the organizers of pseudo-referendums in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts, including Denys Pushylin, Yevhen Balytskyi, Volodymyr Saldo, Kyrylo Stremousov, and Halyna Danylchenko.

From Sept. 23-27, the enemy staged sham referendums in the occupied parts of Ukraine. The majority of Western countries have declared that the results of the sham referendums will not be recognized.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on Sept 30. signed "agreements" on the annexation Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine with the leaders of the "L/DPR" terrorist organizations and collaborators in Kherson and Zaporizhzhya oblasts.

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