The Ukraine’s SBU Security Service and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) have compiled evidence of state treason by a sitting MP Oleksandr Dubinsky, who is accused of involvement in information subversion favoring Russia, according to NV’s sources within law enforcement.
The investigation reveals that Dubinsky used the code name “Buratino” and was part of a criminal organization formed by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces (GRU), the SBU said.
The network, operating in Kyiv, received over $10 million and was orchestrated by GRU Deputy Chief Vladimir Alekseev. Led from Russian soil by his deputy, Alexey Savin, the Kyiv network was supervised by Igor Kolesnikov, a former Soviet-era official already convicted and serving a sentence.
“The primary objective of this organization was to destabilize the socio-political situation in Ukraine and discredit our state on the international stage. Members of the group received funds from the Russian military intelligence for these activities,” said the SBU.
Law enforcement alleges that Dubinsky spread misinformation about Ukraine’s top military and political figures, including unfounded allegations of interference by officials in the 2019 U.S. presidential election, and actively participated in press conferences to amplify these falsehoods.
The investigation also reveals the involvement of former MP Andriy Derkach, who fled abroad before the full-scale war, and former prosecutor Kostyantyn Kulyk, operating under the alias “Ptychka.”
The Prosecutor General’s Office has notified Oleksandr Dubinsky of suspicion under two articles of the Ukrainian Criminal Code – one pertains to state treason, and the other addresses the creation, leadership, and participation in a criminal group or organization.
Similarly, charges under these articles have been brought against Alekseev, Savin, Derkach, and Kulyk. If convicted, all individuals could face up to 15 years in prison, as well as property confiscation. Dubinsky is currently awaiting pretrial measures, while the investigation remains ongoing.
Law enforcement conducted searches at Dubinsky’s residence on Aug. 3 due to the possible forgery of documents for overseas travel.
The MP received permission to leave Ukraine during the war, citing martial law, to accompany his father for medical treatment, said the Prosecutor General’s Office. However, law enforcement claims that he did not accompany his father; the latter left independently and returned to Ukraine much earlier than Dubinsky.
The SBI asserts that during his time abroad, Dubinsky managed to visit Italy, Croatia, and Spain twice. In Spain, he stayed in two hotels in Barcelona and its suburbs.
The SBI interrogated Dubinsky twice: on Aug. 4 and Aug. 7.
He was officially charged on Aug. 8, and now faces up to three years in prison.
Dubinsky was released on Aug. 10 for two months.
It was reported on Nov. 1 that law enforcement conducted searches at Dubinsky’s residence. Later, the SBU, commenting on this information, announced that searches were also carried out at the residences of his associates.
The MP organized an illegal scheme and used a public organization under his control to introduce “necessary individuals” into the Shlyakh (Way) system, allegedly as volunteers, said the SBU.
This effectively allowed Dubinsky to illegally transport his girlfriend’s brother across the border.
Dubinsky was informed on Nov. 3 of thesuspicion of organizing the illegal transportation of individuals across the state border.
The Pechersk District Court of Kyiv placed Dubinsky under 24-hour house arrest on Nov. 6.
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