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Suspicion notices issued to former SBU officers persecuting a Crimean journalist

20.12.2022, 11:39

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea issued suspicion notices for treason to two former officers of the Security Service of Ukraine, who were involved in the illegal persecution of Krym.Realii journalist Anna Andrievska. This was reported on the Telegram channel of the Prosecutor's Office.

"The specified persons were also involved in the illegal criminal prosecution of Crimean journalist Anna Andrievska due to her objective coverage of the events on the peninsula. In order to put mental pressure on the journalist, the 'investigators' repeatedly searched her home, as well as the homes of her parents and friends. They created an environment which eventually forced her to leave Crimea. Later, the occupying law enforcers 'notified Andrievska of suspicion in absentia,'" the Prosecutor's Office noted, and reminded that the former SBU officers have been notified of suspicion for precluding the legal professional activities of a Ukrainian journalist (Part 2 of Article 171 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) and violating the security of residence  (Part 2 of Article 162 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The men were charged with treason (Part 1, Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) after the investigation established that, after the peninsula was occupied by the Russian Armed Forces in 2014, they broke their oath to the Ukrainian people and switched to working for the Russian FSB.

"Later, the suspects were given various positions in the investigative department of the Russian FSB in the Crimean Republic. Their actions and decisions contributed to the implementation of the occupying state's policy through persecuting the pro-Ukrainian population on the peninsula," the prosecutors said. The sanction of the article on treason provides for up to 15 years of imprisonment.

As reported by IMI, on March 13, 2015, Russian FSB officers searched the apartments of the parents of Center for Journalistic Investigations journlaists Anna Andrievska and Natalia Kokorina as part of a criminal case initiated under Article 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public calls to violation of the territorial integrity of Russia) due to Anna Andrievska's article about the volunteers of Battalion "Crimea".

In April 2015, the ARC Prosecutor's Office, established under the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, opened a case for illegal search of Anna Andrievska's apartment conducted by FSB officers.

In June 2019, the Solomiansky District Court of Kyiv ordered the Russian Federation to pay over 1 million hryvnias of redress to journalist Anna Andrievska, who had been forced to leave the occupied Crimea and persecuted by the FSB.

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