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Odessa: new wave of arrests

Ukrainian political police continue its usual work and arrests every possible opponent to the Kiev regime. Its activity is high in the regions with disloyal population. Odessa region is one of them. During last month SBU (Ukrainian name of state security) arrested three persons accused of propaganda in social networks and fake spying against Ukraine.

On January 19, SBU detained a resident from the city of Belgorod-Dnestrovsky Odessa region, suspecting him of «anti-Ukrainian agitation». In the opinion of the special services, the «malefactor» on personal pages in the social networks Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki banned in Ukraine «called for changing the state border and the constitutional order of Ukraine.» In addition, the man is suspected of having popularized the Donetsk and Lugansk republics, which official propaganda regards as terrorist organizations. The man was taken away from mobile devices and computer equipment and arrested.
On February 7, SBU announced the detention of a serviceman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Odessa. According to SBU, this man fought for the DNR under the town of Shakhtersk in the summer of 2014. In addition, SBU claims that on Russian territory the man was recruited by Russian special services and returned to Odessa to fulfill their tasks: to collect relevant intelligence about the situation in the Odessa region, including the regions bordering Transnistria. They detained the suspect in work for Russia after he came to Odessa from the territory of the Crimea.
On February 8, SBU detained a resident of Odessa on suspicion of distributing various illegal materials on the Internet. The arrested man posted on his pages in the social network Vkontakte «calls for a violent change in the administrative and territorial structure of Ukraine» and popularized the Donetsk and Lugansk republics.
The pre-trial investigation continues. As the experience of trials has shown, SBU can not prove the guilt of those arrested for political reasons.

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