Detained government official notified of suspicion


An employee of the Cabinet of Ministers, Stanislav Yezhov, who was detained on December 20, has been notified of suspicion in committing a crime, the press center of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has reported.

"The detainee has been declared suspected of committing a crime," the statement reads.

SBU investigators are preparing an appeal to an investigating judge with the request to choose custody as a measure of restraint for the detainee. 

The press center recalled that SBU counterintelligence officers had exposed the government official for activities in the interests of the aggressor state's special services.

Law enforcers found that the official had been recruited by Russian intelligence agencies during a long-term foreign trip. SBU operatives documented that the official followed the instructions of Russian supervisors and collected information about the activities of government agencies, using special equipment. The collected data was transferred to supervisors via electronic communication channels. 

SBU officers, with the assistance of the government, detained the agent of the Russian special services at his workplace.

Criminal proceedings were opened under Part 1, Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Preliminary procedural measures are underway, in particular, searches at the place of work and residence of the official.