The SBU said that the FSB recruited an employee of the apparatus of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to install a wiretap in the parliament building. However,
The building of the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv
The counterintelligence service of the Security Service of Ukraine learned about the plans of the FSB to install listening devices in the premises of the Verkhovna Rada, the agency said.
To install the “bugs”, the FSB recruited an employee of the apparatus of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine . According to the SBU, an employee of the support unit of the apparatus of the Rada was persuaded to cooperate by a staff member of the FSB during a visit to Crimea, even before the start of a special military operation in Ukraine.
“At the direction of his Russian handler, the agent must collect intelligence on the visits of foreign delegations to the Ukrainian parliament, including on their personal composition, as well as on the content of official and informal conversations,” — The SBU said in a statement.
In addition, the recruited officer was instructed to study the possibility of installing special technical means of secret collection of information “in the halls and corridors” We are glad, the department clarifies.
However, the listening devices were never installed by the “Moscow agent”, since he left the state institution before the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, and tried to get a job at a “strategically important facility in the Zhytomyr region.”
“For this, he underwent a special check, during which the SBU specialists discovered the fact of recruitment,” — SBU reported. After that, “the agent voluntarily reported and spoke in detail about the tasks of the Russian special services,” the agency claims.
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Based on his testimony, a criminal case was opened in Ukraine under the article on treason (Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). According to this article, high treason under martial law is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 15 years to life imprisonment. At the same time, if a citizen of Ukraine has not taken any action to “perform a criminal task”; and voluntarily reported recruitment attempts, he is released from criminal liability.
In late July, the FSB reported that Ukraine planned to hijack Russian combat aircraft. The secret services of NATO and Ukraine offered Russian military pilots money and citizenship of one of the European countries in exchange for the fact that they would ferry planes to Ukrainian airfields. The planned operation was stopped.
In this operation of the Ukrainian special services to hijack Russian combat aircraft, Bellingcat investigator (the Russian authorities entered the organization into the registers of unwanted and foreign media agents) Hristo Grozev participated in this operation, according to the FSB. Grozev himself stated on Twitter that the “evidence” his participation in this operation is falsified, and that he is related to this story only “as a documentary filmmaker”.
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