Contents tagged with FSB

  • Ukrainian general: in 2018 Ukrainian navy boats came very close to Russian port of Yeysk

    In the autumn of 2018, armored boats from the Ukrainian Navy were able to secretly advance to within a mile and a half of the Russian port in Yeysk, said former commander of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation (JFO) in the Donbas, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev, in an interview with TSN.

    “At one point, the naval ships approached within a mile and a half of a Russian port,” he said, adding that the Russian military was caught off guard and was late to respond. One international nautical mile …

  • Russia offers to resume all air traffic with Ukraine

    Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) offered to engage in talks with Ukrainian authorities on resuming all air traffic, reported RBC news agency.

    “In response to the prohibition of direct charter air traffic between our countries imposed by Ukraine’s leadership, we propose to hold talks and resume all flights on a regular and charter basis between Russia and Ukraine,” the agency’s press service reported.

    Representatives of Rosaviatsia stressed that the citizens of the two …

  • UN monitoring mission finds human rights violations in the Crimea

    On Wednesday, at the international Forum in Kyiv, Fiona Frazer, the Head of the UN Human Rights Mission to Ukraine stated that efforts are being made to suppress dissent or critical views on the peninsula, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "The trend that we have seen over the last few years shows that there are actions aimed at suppressing any dissent and critical views on the peninsula,” Frazer said. She noted that the right to worship is restricted in the Crimea, especially concerning Crimean …

  • Ukraine initiates criminal cases against Russian military after the incident in the Kerch Strait

    Commanders of the Southern Military District and the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, as well as five employees of the FSB Border Service are suspected of "conducting an aggressive war" against Ukraine. 

    The Prosecutor General’s Office and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced that seven more Russian servicemen and the FSB border guard officers will be investigated in connection with the incident in the Kerch Strait. They are suspected of planning, preparing, initiating and …

  • Former US ambassador urges American businessmen to leave Russia immediately

     The arrest of the US citizen Michael Calvey, founder of Baring Vostok, the largest direct investment firm in Russia, should be perceived as a signal for all American businesses that continue to operate in Russia, believes Michael McFaul, former US ambassador to Moscow. 

    According to McFaul, the incident with Calvey, who has been sent to a pre-trial detention center for 2 months due to a corporate conflict surrounding Vostochny bank, shows that it’s time for Americans to close up shop in …

  • Ukrainian foreign intelligence: Russia has allocated $350 million for interference in Ukraine’s elections

    Yehor Bozhok, chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine (SZRU), told the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia news outlet in an interview that the Russian government has allocated an additional $350 million to its efforts to destabilize Ukraine – this time, the funds are to be used to interfere in Ukraine’s elections in the hope of bringing Ukraine back into Russia’s sphere of influence.

    “The aim is to bring Ukraine completely back into the Russian orbit of influence. But in such a way that there …

  • Russian media: US citizen Paul Whelan may have been collecting information on a Russian intelligence agency

    The US citizen Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying, is believed by the investigation to have been collecting information about one of the Russian intelligence agencies. This could have been the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) or the Federal Security Service (FSB), a source close to the investigation told the Russian news outlet Dozhd.

    According to the source, the FSB started investigating Whelan in May 2018, during his …

  • Russian media: detained US citizen was caught in possession of classified information in Moscow

    US citizen Paul Whelan was arrested by police shortly after receiving a storage device with information about a Russian state secret – a classified list of persons that American intelligence has been interested in for some time. 

    A source in Russia’s intelligence agency told Rosbalt that the operation to arrest Whelan was carried out in his room at the Metropol hotel. The American reportedly received an electronic medium with a list of all the staff of one of the classified Russian departments. …

  • Russia arrests US citizen on charges of espionage

    Russia announced on Monday that its intelligence agency had arrested a US citizen in Moscow on suspicion of espionage. 

    According to the FSB, the American was arrested on Friday “while carrying out spying activity”. 

    Charges have been brought against him according to article 276 of Russia’s Criminal Code (Espionage), which envisages a prison sentence of up to 20 years. 

    The suspect was identified as Paul Whelan, but no other details were provided. 

    The US later asked to be granted consular …

  • Russia changes its explanation of attack on Ukrainian ships in Kerch Strait

    Russia closed the Kerch Strait before the attack on the Ukrainian ships in order to “the prevent provocative actions” which could been directed at the Kerch Bridge, stated Alexei Volsky, the Head of the Coast Guard Department of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “It is related to the prevention of provocative action that could be committed by the Ukrainian Navy ships near the Kerch Bridge and undermine the safety of navigation in the Kerch–Yenikale canal,” …