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 SBU seizes Russian secret services' equipment used to eavesdrop opposition leaders and activists during the Maidan. PHOTOS

The Security Service of Ukraine seized a set of equipment on July 18 that had been used for wiretapping of opposition leaders and activists during the Revolution of Dignity.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the SBU press service, this was reported today by the Service's head Vasyl Hrytsak to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

During a special operation in Kyiv, the SBU detained a group of people headed by a current officer, lieutenant-colonel of the SBU Central Department, who had been engaged in illegal wiretapping.

"An up-to-date special complex for data retrieval via mobile communication channels (GSM) was seized from the criminals. According to recent information, the complex was smuggled to Ukraine with the direct involvement of the Russian special services. The information on possible involvement of the former head of the SBU Yakymenko is being checked," the statement reads.

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As found by the service, Ukraine doesn't have equivalents of such a special interception system. It is manufactured by a company controlled by the Russian special services, registered in New Zealand.

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The SBU officers are carrying out corresponding operational and investigative activities. A criminal proceeding under Art. 359 (illegal acquiring, sale or use of special technical information collecting media) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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The equipment has been sent for examination to find who exactly was being eavesdropped during the Revolution of Dignity and until the moment the complex was seized.

As reported earlier, July 16, the Security Service of Ukraine in Kyiv seized a complex of equipment for illegal wiretapping. It was manufactured without proper registration by one of the Ukrainian companies. During the operation the equipment was seized and sent for examination.

The third wiretapping complex seized by the SBU during the week was found in an office of one of the Kyiv companies during the search on July 17. The equipment was seized and sent for examination.

Vasyl Hrytsak stressed this was the first time the SBU had got such results in the last five years.

"The service continues to take effective measures to ensure the rights and freedoms of citizens," the head resumed.

 
 
 
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