Russia’s FSB terrorizes Ukrainian citizens in the Sea of Azov (video)
SBU CI Department records gross violations of international law by Russia’s FSB officers concerning citizens of Ukraine who, on a legal basis, capture living marine resources in the Sea of Azov.
Russian special service illegally detains Ukrainian citizens, and then, through threats and blackmail achieves false testimony about the alleged illegal fishery. In particular, in 2018, representatives of the Russia’s FSB Coast Guard illegally detained two Ukrainians who were in a fishing boat in the waters of the Sea of Azov near Berdyansk.
Despite the absence of grounds for detention, cause during the inspection of Ukrainian vessel no means of catching, fishing and forbidden things were detected, Ukrainian citizens were forcibly brought to Yeysk of the Krasnodar Territory of Russia.
Then, without the presence of lawyers, representatives of consular office or other authorized persons, representatives of Russia’s FSB conducted interrogations of illegally detained Ukrainians and demanded to sign false testimony on illegal fishery with prohibited fishing gear. In connection with the refusal of our compatriots to sign such confessions, representatives of the Russian special service fell back on threats to incriminate them sabotage and espionage activities against Russia, which stipulates imprisonment for a term of 20 years. Russia’s FSB cynically makes no secret of its methods, openly stating about repeated inspection of vessel during which weapons, explosives, drugs and so on will be found.
Being faced with the real threat of long-term imprisonment, Ukrainian citizens were forced to give false testimony. A criminal case was initiated against them under Part 3 Art. 256 and Part 1 Art. 258-1 of the Criminal Code of Russia on illegal fishery. Ukrainians stayed in various places of imprisonment in the territory of Russia. Upon release, fines were imposed on them and the motor boat and other personal property were confiscated to the revenue of the aggressor country.
Security Service of Ukraine emphasizes that such activity of Russian special services is a violation of international law of systemic nature. It is accompanied by information campaigns in Russia’s media, which should undermine the image of Ukraine in international community as a state that harms the ecological fauna of the Sea of Azov, development of bioresourses, support its pollution, etc.
SBU Press Centre
For the Attention of the SBU Head