The SBU Detained a Pensioner in Mariupol for Spreading Posters Depicting Yanukovych

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


In Mariupol a pensioner stuck posters to the entrances of houses featuring the former president Viktor Yanukovych and the inscription: “Did you pay the new tariffs?”

According to the SBU, the pensioner is not a terrorist. On the posters the runaway former president is represented in the form of the Red Guard, and below there is the inscription: “Did you pay the new tariffs?”, reports the website of the city of Mariupol.

Conscious Ukrainians, having noticed the elderly communal payment agitator sticking up posters with Yanukovych’s image, immediately reported him to the SBU.

In turn, the employees of the department could not ignore such a scandalous thing and detained the agitator – the 70-year-old local resident Anatoly Rybalka.

SBU employees had a preventive discussion with the guerrilla grandfather and released him.

In the uploaded video made on a smartphone the pensioner says the following [at gunpoint? -ed]:

“My name is Anatoly Konstantinovich Rybalko. At the entrance I placed posters that contents of which can lead to unpredictable consequences for the country. I realise that my actions could lead to destabilisation in the country. I realise my mistake and I urge all not to repeat it. I condemn the aggression of Russia in relation to Ukraine. I consider myself a patriot and I love my Motherland”.

In addition, he reported that he did not make the posters especially, but were found at home.

According to the SBU, the man does not go to the “occupied” territories and has no contacts with “terrorists”.

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