Another 9 Users of Social Networks Were Detained in Ukraine Under Far-Fetched Charges

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Specialists of the SBU reported on November 5th about the latest exposure of administrators of communities on social networks. This concerns 9 residents from Odessa, Kiev, and Severodonetsk who, according to the SBU, “published political news sent from Russia and called to hold disobedient actions and mass riots”. Security officers claim that the detainees were financed by representatives of the special services of the Russian Federation.

As was reported by the department, the “information agents of the Kremlin” posted calls on social networks to overthrow the constitutional system and government and also supported representatives of the LDPR, and thereby influenced the course of future presidential elections in Ukraine.

Like in the past, the SBU didn’t report the names of the detainees and showed a video of a confession made by these people on camera.

Earlier, on November 6th, the prosecutor’s office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) [a pseudo structure created by Kiev after Crimea rejoined Russia – ed], together with employees of the SBU, detained a citizen of Ukraine who is suspected of infringing on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine by distributing on the Internet a number of videos. He is incriminated with committing a criminal offense under part 2 of Article 110 (“Infringing on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine”) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

As the human rights activists of “Uspishna Varta” already noted, during July-October similar cases were recorded in Lutsk, Mariupol, Melitopol, and the Lugansk and Kirovograd regions. In addition, according to human rights activists, as of August there were 188 criminal proceedings in the courts of Ukraine. Most of the detainees agree to reach a deal with the investigation and admit their guilt in exchange for a suspended sentence. Every day the number of such cases grows.

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