This article was last updated on March 25, 2023
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Ukrainian secret service SBOe
The Ukrainian security service, SBOe, has been actively arresting and eliminating traitors in the country, even within its own ranks. Over 600 “spies and enemy agents” have been apprehended in the past year, including former SBO members who collaborated with the enemy. The SBOe has been involved in investigating the subversive activities of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine and has arrested priests who allegedly passed on information about Ukrainian armed forces to Russia. The SBOe has also carried out military actions and has been accused of human rights violations by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
According to Bas Rietjens, a professor of Intelligence & Security at the Netherlands Defense Academy, the SBOe has a larger executive task than intelligence services like the Dutch AIVD and MIVD. Oversight of the service has improved in recent years, but its reform agenda has been pushed into the background due to the ongoing war. The SBOe has around 27,000 employees, and its workload has increased significantly due to the war with Russia, with around 32,000 investigations currently underway.
The SBOe’s investigation into Rostylav, a friend of Angelina Kovtoen, who was arrested on suspicion of collaborating with Russia by passing on locations of Ukrainian armed forces, resulted in the seizure of a mobile phone and weapons during a house search. Contact with the Russians was made via encrypted chat apps. Rostylav, who trained Ukrainian soldiers in “tactical defense,” is said to have passed on the location of arms and ammunition depots, leading to targeted attacks by Russia. Angelina is shocked by the arrest of her friend, saying that there was nothing suspicious about him, and that she will never forgive him.
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