Ukrainian cabinet civil servant to be tried for treason

2 August, 02:45 PM
Accused is said to have been Russian FSB agent, supplied secret national security information to enemy (Photo:NV)

Accused is said to have been Russian FSB agent, supplied secret national security information to enemy (Photo:NV)

The case of a former Ukrainian senior civil servant charged with treason for spying for Moscow is to go to trial, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) said in a Telegram post on Aug. 2.

The accused is said to have been recruited by Russia’s FSB security service, and allegedly supplied his FSB handlers with a steady supply of classified information critical to Ukraine’s national security.

“The investigation has established that the accused was recruited by the FSB in 2007, and has been working for foreign intelligence services until February 2022, engaging in subversive anti-Ukrainian activity,” the message said.

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The individual in question was a staffer at Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers, with access to sensitive government information, and is currently in pre-trial detention.

“He personally supplied FSB representatives with this – sometimes classified – information, for cash rewards,” PGO added.

Ukraine’s SBU security service uncovered a network of FSB agents in Ukraine in June that included civil servants from the Cabinet and the Chamber of Commerce.

These suspected traitors of Ukraine would receive cash rewards from Russian agents, ranging between $2,000 and $15,000 – depending on the value of sensitive information provided.

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