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Ukraine Detains Suspected Russian Spy in Premier's Inner Circle

  • RFE/RL

Official in the Ukrainian government's secretariat, Stanislav Yezhov, who was detained on December 21, 2017 by the state security service SBU on suspicion of working in the interests of Russia, is seen in Kiev, Ukraine December 27, 2016.

An aide to Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman has been detained on suspicion of being an agent of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).

A government representative to parliament, Vadym Denysenko, told 112 Ukrayina TV on December 21 that Stanislav Yezhov was detained a day earlier.

Media reports say that Yezhov accompanied Hroysman on his international trips and often served as an interpreter.

He has worked in the past in the president's office and at the Ukrainian Embassy to the United States.

On December 20, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) announced that it had apprehended a government employee, whose identity was not disclosed, on suspicion of "acting in the interests of security services of the aggressor country."

The detainee was officially informed that he is a suspect, the SBU said.

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