Results of certain areas of work of Security Service of Ukraine
In his interview to Ukrinform information agency the SBU Head Vasyl Hrytsak stressed that the strategic task of the Security Service of Ukraine is to protect Ukrainian citizens from the most dangerous threats – international and homegrown terrorism, cyber criminals and corrupt officials. “Together with other law enforcement agencies we protect the economy of our Motherland, its information space and its democracy”, he added.
During 11 months of 2016, 330 criminal cases were launched, among them:
Under Article 114 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (espionage) – regarding 5 foreigners (including 2 citizens of the Russian Federation), 1 person was sentenced;
Under Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (high treason) – regarding 84 Ukrainian citizens, 8 persons were sentenced.
In general, 74 persons were convicted.
The counterintelligence is checking:
89 persons who are reasonably suspected of being the officers of foreign secret services;
599 persons who are suspected of being involved into the agent net of foreign secret services;
48 persons who are reasonably suspected of being members of illegal law enforcement agencies of the so-called DNR/LNR.
1374 foreign citizens were prohibited to move into the territory of Ukraine (394 of them because of the activity that threatens the national security of the state), including 523 Russian citizens, among them 44 servicemen and 61 journalists. 20/64 foreign citizens were expelled/returned from the territory of Ukraine.
739 members of sabotage and reconnaissance groups were identified, 86 of them were apprehended, materials about 134 persons involved into military actions and informer activity on behalf of DNR/LNR terrorist organizations were handed over to investigation agencies. 40 persons were sentenced.
More than 560 items of firearms, 61,400 items of ammunition and more than 2 tons of explosives were confiscated from uncontrolled turnover. In general, more than 250 facts of military destruction means illegal turnover, 55 caches with weapons and ammunition were revealed and neutralized.
High profile cases
On July 30, 2014 in Lviv region while handing secret information an officer of the Main Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, Russian citizen O. Valekhidis who conducted sabotage and reconnaissance activity in the territory of our country was apprehended. He was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for espionage and illegal weapon handling.
Ukrainian citizen I. Honcharov recruited by an officer of the Main Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff to conduct sabotage and reconnaissance activity, gather information about Ukrainian units and perform other tasks was apprehended. The court sentenced him to 14 years of imprisonment for high treason.
Ukrainian citizen A. Alieksieiev who gathered information about “Kharkiv-1” and “Slobozhanshchina” battalions of special tasks police patrol service and “Kharkiv-2” squadron was apprehended. He was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment for high treason.
The sabotage and reconnaissance activity of Ukrainian citizen S. Krasnov who for money provided Russian secret services with intelligence and performed their tasks of preparing a number of terrorist attacks in the territory of Ukraine was stopped. Krasnov was notified of suspicion of committing crimes under Article 111 (high treason), Part 2 Article 258 (terrorist attack) and Part 1 Article 263 (illegal turnover of weapons and explosives). The case was handed over to the court.
The criminal activity of a deeply clandestine international terrorist group headed by a citizen of French Republic who tried to illegally buy and smuggle a big amount of firearms, ammunition and explosives from Ukraine to the territory of France in order to use them in terrorist activity was stopped. The case was handed over to the court.
FIGHTING CORRUPTION AND ORGANIZED CRIME
During 2016 655 pretrial investigations were launched notifying of suspicion of committing corruption crimes. 281 persons were convicted to different types and terms of punishment.
438 protocols about administrative offences related to corruption were drawn up. 154 corrupt officials were dismissed.
528 pretrial investigations of countering organized crime were launched. The activity of 50 organized groups and criminal organizations was stopped.
High profile cases
Deputy Minister of Healthcare of Ukraine who organized a corruption scheme of blackmail and weekly receipt of money from patients for surgical operations was notified of suspicion. He was apprehended together with the head of a department of Oleksandrivska clinical hospital in Kyiv while getting almost 40,000 UAH of illegal profit. Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office conducts pretrial investigation.
First Deputy Head of State Labor Service of Ukraine who monthly demanded 100,000 UAH from the representative of a legal entity for approving expert works of abiding by industrial safety rules and not creating obstacles for business activity was notified of suspicion. The pretrial investigation conducted by the Prosecutor General’s Office is under way.
The acting head of the Department of Phytosanitary Safety of the Main Directorate of State Service of Food Safety and Consumer Protection of Ukraine who got 327,300 UAH and 13,400 USD of illegal profit for issuing authorization documents. The pretrial investigation conducted by the Prosecutor General’s Office is under way.
In Zaporizhzhia region the SBU neutralized an organized group that committed armed assaults at bank departments and cash transit vans under the guise of membership in a voluntary battalion. Five servicemen of the National Guard were notified of suspicion, three members of armed criminal groups are under custody, two were put on a wanted list. The pretrial investigation conducted by the Police is under way.
In Odesa region an organized criminal group that committed a number of grave crimes such as robberies, assaults and kidnapping was neutralized. The gang consisted of 11 persons including active and former law enforcers who covered the illegal activity of their accomplices, especially the prosecutor of Illichivsk Local Prosecutor’s Office, the head of the Investigative Unit of Chornomorskyi Police Department etc. Custody as a measure of restraint was chosen for all members of organized criminal groups. The pretrial investigation conducted by the Military Prosecutor’s Office of the South Region is under way.
In general from the beginning of the year 15 explosives that had to be used in committing terrorist attacks were neutralized.
110 members of terrorist and sabotage and reconnaissance groups involved into preparation or commission of terrorist attacks were identified and 56 were apprehended.
11 terrorist attacks followed by heightened danger for life and health of people resulting from the use of explosives were revealed.
168 executors of anonymous threats of a terrorist attack were found. 143 criminal cases against “telephone terrorists” were launched.
More than 100 persons involved into the activity of international terrorist and religious and extremist organizations were revealed, 46 persons were apprehended.
The functioning of 11 “hopping spots” of the Islamic State (ISIL) militants in Kyiv and Kharkiv was revealed and stopped. The activity of 2 ISIL centers in Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv that provided stay of the members of the mentioned organization in Ukraine and their transportation to the operation area abroad was blocked.
602 foreign citizens who are involved into the activity of international terrorist organizations are prohibited to move in Ukraine, including 443 persons who according to partner secret services are active members of IS terrorist organization and could use Ukrainian territory for conducting illegal activity.
More than 1,200 items of weapons, almost 900,000 items of ammunition (mines, grenades, bombs and rounds) and 700 kg of explosives were withdrawn from illegal turnover.
Convictions under the following articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine entered into force:
Overthrow of constitutional order or encroachment upon the inviolability of Ukraine – 47;
Terrorist attack – 17;
Illegal weapons handling – 101.
High profile cases
Former policeman Krasnov V.S. who regulated fire of the reactive artillery of the militants during the bombardment of Mariupol that resulted in death of 30 persons and injury of 130 persons was sentenced to 9 years of imprisonment.
Ukrainian citizens Kolesnyk V.F., Kustikov V.Z. and Popov D.O. who exploded a bomb near the Regional Council building in Zaporizhzhia were sentenced to 8 years and 8 months of imprisonment.
The citizen of Ukraine Dubyn M.I. who on June 24, 2014 detonated a bomb on a railway bridge in Orikhiv city was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment.
The citizen of Ukraine Dehtiariov A.O. who in April 2016 mined two explosives on tracks No. 21 and 23 of Izium railway station was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment.
In 2016 the SBU investigators conducted pretrial investigations within 9,029 criminal cases of suspicion of 2,351 persons.
The investigation in 3,178 criminal cases of suspicion of 1233 persons is finished. Bills of indictment of 844 criminal cases of suspicion of 1,017 persons were handed over to the court.
Criminal cases of:
- High treason and espionage – 83;
- Attempts of forced change and overthrow of constitutional order or encroachment upon the territorial integrity of Ukraine – 417;
- Participation in terrorist activity – 5,020;
- Financing terrorism – 200 had been investigated.
247 cyber attacks at information and telecommunications systems of diplomatic institutions, law enforcement agencies, critical infrastructure etc. were revealed.
64 criminal cases by the facts of unauthorized interference into the work of state electronic information resources were launched, 4 persons were notified of suspicion, 5 court decisions entered into force.
14 criminal cases of functioning of uncontrolled international communication channels were launched, 4 persons were notified of suspicion, 9 court decisions entered into force.
CONTROL OVER ILLEGAL CARGO TRANSPORTATION ACROSS DELIMITATION LINE
By the results of work of mobile teams from July 12, 2015 to December 10, 2016:
- 15,663,000 UAH (cash)
- 43,403,000 RUB (cash)
- 1,283,000 USD (cash)
- 42,000 EUR (cash)
- 2 liters of mercury
- 219 antique items
- 1,333,000 UAH of jewelry
- Cigarettes for 16,375,000 UAH
- Spirits for 4,383,000 UAH
- 277 cattle
- 321,641 tons of meat and meat products
- 64,785 tons of fish and seafood
- 154,286 tons of provisions
- 73,227 tons of vegetables and fruits
- 65,200 tons of mineral fertilizers
- 170 tons of crops
- Consumer goods for 45,309,000 UAH
- 42.5 tons of coal
- 20 tons of ferroalloys
- 238 tons of iron scrap
- 6.4 tons of non-ferrous metals scrap
- 20 tons of timber
- 70 tons of fuel and oil materials were confiscated.
In addition, the law enforcers stopped 1,037 cars, 599 minibuses, 340 lorries and 2 buses.
THE SBU PROGRAM “WAITING FOR YOU AT HOME”
The SBU Program “Waiting for You at Home” started its work on August 18, 2015. During this period of time 119 former members of illegal armed formations used its benefits.
The court had already released 65 persons from criminal responsibility.
For the Attention of the SBU Head