SBU Tried to Wiretap EU, Turkish, Chinese, and Russian Diplomats in Odessa

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


In Ukraine the syndrome of acquired diplomatic immunodeficiency has aggravated: the Security Service of Ukraine is waging an undeclared war against diplomats of Russia, Greece, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Israel, and China…

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) conducts work concerning the diplomats of EU countries, Russia, Turkey, and China who are in the country. This was reported on Monday, July 31st, in the material of “Sovsekretno”.

The editorial office of the agency published copies of documents according to which the SBU tried to organize the shadowing of the former Russian Ambassador in Kiev Mikhail Zurabov and the wiretapping of the Russian Consulate General in Odessa. Besides this, officers of special service undercover tried to tail the operational development of staff of the diplomatic mission.

In addition, the SBU worked against the diplomatic employees of Greece, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Israel, and the People’s Republic of China who are in Odessa. In particular, the department intended to hold “operative-technical events (…) for the purpose of possible further technical penetration” into the Consulate General of China. The special service was also going to organize “agent penetration” into the Turkish diplomatic mission.

In May the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Sergey Leshchenko said that the SBU watches journalists who publish exposing articles about the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. According to the parliamentarian, the special service “tails” correspondents, activists and politicians who reveal corruption schemes of the head of State.

In the same month journalists of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the website reported that shadowing by the security service specialists of Ukraine was done by the journalist Pavel Sheremet, who was killed on July 20th, 2016, in Kiev.

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