According to the procedural guidance of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office, a 49-year-old man was notified of suspicion due to the fact that a citizen of Ukraine voluntarily took up a position related to the performance of organizational-administrative or administrative-economic functions in illegal authorities created in the temporarily occupied territory, including in occupation administration (Part 5 of Article 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
According to the investigation, after the invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, the suspect went to cooperate with representatives of the occupation administration of the Russian Federation. The man, while staying in the city of Balakliya, Izyum district, voluntarily agreed to take the position of the so-called “head of the temporary administration of the city of Balakliya, Kharkiv region.” A pseudo-official performs organizational and managerial and administrative and economic functions in an illegal government body.
The pre-trial investigation is being conducted by investigators of the SBU Department in the Kharkiv region.
According to the press service of the SBU in the Kharkiv region, the pseudo-head of Balaklia is a native of Horlivka. He decided to cooperate with the enemy for ideological reasons at the beginning of the Russian aggression. Since 2014, he actively cooperated with Russian propaganda media as a “pseudo-expert”. He participated in projects that “worked” to inflame separatist sentiments in the east of Ukraine. After the temporary occupation of certain districts of Kharkiv region, the perpetrator “asked” for the “new government”, referring to his active participation in the so-called “humanitarian organization “Peace – Kharkiv”.
At the end of May, he received such an appointment from the “military commandant” and immediately began actively helping the occupation regime.
Currently, the collaborator has been charged with suspicion under Part 5 of Art. 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (collaborative activity, voluntary employment by a citizen of Ukraine of a position related to the performance of organizational-administrative or administrative-economic functions in illegal authorities).
The collaborator was exposed by the employees of the Counterintelligence Department of the SBU together with NABU detectives and under the procedural guidance of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office.
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