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Former Crimean security directorate head detained

There is enough evidence to charge him with treason.

Former Crimean security directorate head detained
Photo: Presidential office

State Bureau of Investigation and Security Service (SBU) officers have detained the former head of the SBU main directorate in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an evening video address.

"I dismissed this person from his post at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. And, as you can see, this decision was absolutely justified. Enough evidence has been gathered to declare this person a treason suspect. All his criminal actions have been documented," he said.

Earlier, the SBU said that the former head of a regional directorate had been detained.

So far, he is likely to be charged under three articles of the Criminal Code:

- Part 1 of Article 255 (creation, management and participation in a criminal community or a criminal organization);

- Article 111(1) (treason);

- Article 27 Part 5, Article 114 (1) (aiding and abetting the transfer or collection of information constituting a state secret to a foreign state, a foreign organisation or their representatives).

In the course of the investigation, evidence was found that the detainee cooperated with representatives of the Russian special services. The information is being verified.

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