The SSU detained in Odesa a legal adviser of the "Sharia Party", who worked for Russian military intelligence

The SSU detained in Odesa a legal adviser of the "Sharia Party", who worked for Russian military intelligence
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The SSU detained in Odesa a legal adviser of the "Sharia Party", who worked for Russian military intelligence Ukraine news 03 Aug 2023 at 09:34

In Odessa, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) arrested a man who was passing on targets for aerial strikes on the city to the aggressor, tracking the locations and movements of Ukrainian air defense units, and reporting on the consequences of missile impacts and drone kamikaze attacks.

According to the investigation, the suspect is a private lawyer who previously served as an assistant-adviser to several deputies from the "Sharia Party" faction in one of the district councils in the Odessa region. After the full-scale invasion by the Russian Federation, he, along with his wife, moved to the temporarily occupied Simferopol, where he voluntarily applied to the "military commissariat of Crimea."

There, the Odessa resident was recruited by a staff member of the 3rd operational department of the 316th intelligence center of the Russian GRU, Grigory Ivanov. He worked undercover and presented himself as an FSB agent.

He signed an agreement for covert cooperation in favor of the Russian Federation, after which the agent was assigned the operational alias "Diezel." The suspect received an advance payment of 500 US dollars for conducting reconnaissance and subversive activities against Ukraine. Afterward, he returned to Odessa to gather intelligence.

He also attempted to establish contacts with local law enforcement officers, studying their profiles for potential recruitment into the Russian intelligence network. Communication with Russian military intelligence was maintained through an anonymous chat in a popular messenger, where all information was deleted after each communication session.

Later, to maintain his cover, he joined one of the local public organizations involved in maintaining law and order in the city. During searches at the suspect's place of residence, the following items were found:

Mobile phones and electronic storage devices with evidence of illegal activities.

Weapons and ammunition, sent for examination.

Based on the collected evidence, the Security Service investigators informed him of suspicion under Part 2 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (state treason committed during a state of war). He is currently in custody, facing a potential life sentence.

Additionally, there are plans to inform him of suspicion of espionage to his Russian handler. Counterintelligence officers have identified operational connections of the Russian intelligence agent with five more staff members of the Russian GRU from his close circle.

Furthermore, the SSU counterintelligence identified the wife of the traitor, who currently resides in St. Petersburg and also collaborates with the Russian GRU, receiving a monthly salary. In particular, the woman administers a Telegram channel that spreads fakes about the situation in Odessa at the request of hostile intelligence agencies.

The question of informing her about suspicion of state treason is under consideration. The special operation to expose the traitor was carried out by SSU officers in the Odessa region under the procedural guidance of the Odessa Regional Prosecutor's Office.


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