The detention of the security officer of the Cabinet of Stanislav Yezhov, suspected of espionage in favor of Russia, testifies that the main function of the SBU must be counterintelligence, says the former head of the Department Igor Smeshko. He said this in comments to the newspaper «Day».
«As for the specific case of the arrest of Yezhov, then this additional example that the main and most professional work of the SBU is counterintelligence. And we can only congratulate the management of the SBU with this another success in this direction,» –said Smeshko.
He noted that plans to reform the security service of Ukraine in 2003-2004 have been allocated from SBU intelligence component and the removal of the SBU from her unusual law enforcement functions.
«It was about the transformation of the SBU in the first place in national counter-intelligence on the concentration of the main forces and resources were not unlimited, on counterintelligence protection of national interests of Ukraine. But the solution of this question depends not from the leadership of the SBU, and the political will of the top leadership of our state,» said Smeshko.
Yezhov, Deputy head of the Department of Protocol of Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, was detained by the SBU on 20 December. He was suspected of working for Russian intelligence services. It was noted that the official was recruited during a trip abroad.
Yezhov was informed about the suspicion of treason under part 1 of article 111 of the Criminal code of Ukraine. The sanction of article provides imprisonment for the term from 10 to 15 years.
Informed Ezhov worked in the Ukrainian Embassy in the USA, and also in the Administration of the President of Ukraine. In the management Protocol of the Cabinet, he was responsible in particular for the translation of meetings with foreign delegations. The official was accompanied by Groisman in all international negotiations and in all trips.
In December 2016 Yezhov has successfully passed the inspection pursuant to the requirements of the law of Ukraine «On cleaning power».
According to the Declaration of 2016, Yezhov earned 44 617 UAH in the Verkhovna Rada and 179 212 UAH – in the Cabinet.
22 December, the court in closed session arrested Yezhov till 17 Feb 2018.
Smeshko: the Arrest of Yezhov – an extra example that the main direction of work of the security service of Ukraine – counter-intelligence 22.12.2017