Zelenskyy dismisses SBU's cybersecurity department chief

Illia Vitiuk
Illia Vitiuk

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree dismissing Illia Vitiuk as head of SBU’s (Ukraine’s security service) Information Security department, according to a message on the president’s website on May 1.

Vitiuk was suspended from duty in April, after journalists published reports suggesting he leveraged his position for personal enrichment of his family members.

Zelenskyy also fired heads of regional SBU branches in Mykolayiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, Zakarpattia, and Volyn oblasts.

On April 25, responding to a query by NV, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) reported that they were investigating the purchase of luxury real estate by members of Vitiuk’s family.

On April 4, journalists from Slidstvo.Info published an investigation into the property of Vitiuk's family. Specifically, it mentioned that the wife of the SBU's cybersecurity chief bought an apartment worth over UAH 20 million ($505,000) in an elite residential complex in Kyiv.

On April 6, Slidstvo.Info editorial staff accused SBU employees of pressuring their employees. They claimed an attempt by the SBU to mobilize their journalist Yevhen Shulga into military service, as a form of "retaliation" for his professional activities.

On April 9, SBU head Vasyl Malyuk suspended Vitiuk from duty while the allegations against him were investigated.

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