19:08 Jul. 18, 2016
Artem Shestakov was allowed to return to Ukraine
Russia's Security Service (FSB) detained a citizen of Ukraine, who worked as an interpreter for the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Special Monitoring Mission. Later he was allowed to return to Ukraine.
This is reported by the FSB press-centre, according to Ukrainian media.
Ukrainian Artem Shestakov, born in 1984, works as an interpreter for OSCE observers in Ukraine. According to the FSB, he was 'exposed' as 'Ukraine's SBU (State Security Service) agent' and detained in Russia.
The FSB claimed that "In summer of 2015, Shestakov travelled to Kyiv as an employee of the OSCE mission in Lugansk, where he was recruited by the SBU intelligence network".
"On the SBU orders, Shestakov was collecting political, social, economic and military-related information on the territory of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic", said the FSB.
"Russia's FSB counterintelligence officers obtained some documents from Shestakov, which clearly indicates that Ukraine's security services illegally use the OSCE mission and collect military-related data, organize sabotage and terrorist acts in the Luhansk People's Republic. This proves that Ukrainian security services ignore international laws," Russia's FSB said.
"Given that Shestakov did not damage Russia's security under the country's current law, he was allowed to return to Ukraine. However, the SBU spy will be banned from entering our country", stated the FSB officials.
In March 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine, annexed its Crimean peninsula and began to destabilize eastern Ukraine. Russia continues supplying weapons to militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic as well as deploying mercenaries and regular troops to the Donbas region.