The SBU press service told Censor.NET that the counterintelligence department identified multiple counts of employees of the Rossotrudnichestvo agency operating under auspices of Odesa-based Consulate General of the Russian Federation being used by the Russian secret services to carry out efforts to harm Ukraine. Namely, the Russian secret services manipulated Ukrainian nationals – mainly members and leaders of pro-Russian NGOs and movements – into anti-Ukrainian efforts under the guise of the implementation of the so-called "Humanitarian and social programs of the Russian Federation."
The counterintelligence agents also documented unlawful actions of a Russian diplomat and Ukrainian national who, acting on behalf of Rossotrudnichestvo, looked for and recruited residents of Transnistria in order to legitimize them on the territory of Ukraine and other countries through forging certificates confirming person’s legal status, education, proofs of employment, war veteran certificates, etc.
In accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the Russian intelligence officer working under diplomatic cover provided by the Odesa-based Consulate General of the Russian Federation was declared persona non grata for engaging in activities incompatible with the status of a consular officer in March 2018. In May 2018, Prymorskyi district court of Odesa found his accomplice - a citizen of Ukraine, a resident of the Odesa region - guilty of committing a crime punishable under part 3 of article 358 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (falsification of documents, seals, stamps and forms, their sale, use of forged documents).