Social Network Users Arrested

Nine more social network users were arrested in Ukraine

Operatives of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported of yet another uncovering of social network group administrators on 5 November 2018. Nine residents of Odessa, Kiev and Severodonetsk, according to SBU, "published political news received from Russia and called for defiance campaigns and mass disturbances". The operatives claim that the detainees were funded by Russian special services.

SBU reports that "the Kremlin's informational agents" published in the social networks calls for overthrow of constitutional order and government; they also supported representatives of so-called LDPR, thereby influencing the future elections of the President of Ukraine.

As earlier, SBU doesn't report the names of the detainees, but shows their filmed confessions.


Earlier, on 6 November 2018, the Office of Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea together with SBU operatives detained a Ukrainian citizen suspected of encroachment on territorial integrity of Ukraine by means of online dissemination of several videos. He is charged under paragraph 2 of Article 110 (Encroachment on the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

As noted by Uspishna Varta human rights activists, in July-October 2018 similar situations took place in Lutsk, Mariupol, Melitopol, Lugansk and Kirovograd oblasts. Moreover, human rights activists reported 188 similar cases in Ukrainian courts as of August 2018. Most of the detainees agree to plea deals in exchange for probation sentences; their number grows every day.

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