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Chernihiv mayor complains about surveillance to SBU, police

He spotted two athletic men taking pictures of his house.

Chernihiv mayor complains about surveillance to SBU, police
Vladyslav Atroshenko
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Chernihiv mayor Vladyslav Atroshenko has complained about surveillance to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the National Police.

According to the mayor, at about 14.20 on 16 December he spotted two athletic men dressed in leather jackets and black knitted hats. The unknown men were taking pictures of his house.

"I believe that I am under constant, illegal surveillance. Given that photographing civilian objects under martial law is unacceptable, as well as surveillance of me by unidentified persons, I ask you to verify the facts set out in this statement and take measures provided for by the current legislation," he said.

Earlier, the Yavoriv district court of Lviv found Chernihiv mayor Vladyslav Atroshenko guilty of committing actions in conditions of conflict of interest and deprived him of the right to hold the post of mayor for a year.

Kyiv mayor and head of the Association of Ukrainian Cities Vitaliy Klitschko said that Atroshenko's suspension over administrative violation is a precedent and looks like a political confrontation. Atroshenko said that he would appeal the verdict.

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