Charges pressed against Russia-handled “anti-vaxxers” who aimed to seize power - SBU

Charges pressed against Russia-handled “anti-vaxxers” who aimed to seize power - SBU

Operatives with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) say they have effectively put to a halt the destructive activity of an anti-Ukrainian network, which worked under the guise of an "anti-vaccination" effort, in fact trying to destabilize the socio-political situation in the country.

That’s according to the SBU press center, Ukrinform reports.

The perpetrators issued public calls for a violent change of Ukraine’s constitutional order. According to a preliminary inquiry, their actions were coordinated by Russian handlers.

As a result of a massive raid conducted by the Security Service of Ukraine, the anti-Ukrainian group was neutralized in several regions of Ukraine simultaneously.

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The leader of the so-called "anti-vaxxers" and another target of the inquiry, a citizen of the Russian Federation, have been formally charged under Art. 109 of the Criminal code of Ukraine.

The SBU says it has at its disposal “unequivocal evidence” of the culprits’ complicity in criminal activity, including their correspondence, in which the perpetrators were looking into acquiring weapons and rallying accomplices who would be tasked with seizing power in the respective regions. After that, the group planned to create new territorial communities on the territory of Ukraine, with own "police" and "economy."

During warranted searches, evidence has been discovered pointing to the network’s possible financing by Russian handlers.

Further inquiry is underway.


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