SBU Started Detaining Odessa Residents on May 2nd Anniversary

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


In Odessa security officers carry out searches of participants on Kulikovo Field. Locals on social networks wrote about this. It was reported that the SBU started verification today early in the morning on the anniversary of the tragedy in the Trade Unions Building.

“In Odessa the morning began with searches at the place of those the SBU consider as leaders of the victims. At the moment it is known about searches at the places of Victoria Machulko and Natalia Dementieva. Searches are also carried out at the place of Ibrahim Maurice. It is known that law enforcement officers are standing at the doors of the apartments of Irina Gvozdik and Anatoly Petrov,” wrote Oksana Chelishcheva on her blog.

Odessa residents foreknew about the fact that there would be searches.

“Last night I communicated, I asked — did you receive summons for tomorrow? Maurice says no, it means that tomorrow they will do searches,” remarks Vlad Kramer.

At the same time, the SBU detained a group of inhabitants of Odessa on the suspicion of preparing “acts of terrorism”. According to law enforcement officers, the detained locals planned terrorist attacks coordinated with the anniversary of the tragedy on May 2nd.

“Field investigators of special services, with the involvement of special forces of ‘Alpha’ detained a group of locals in Odessa, who are strongly suspected of preparing acts of terrorism, sabotage, and provocations. Urgent operational investigative actions continue,” it is said in the message.

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