28.11.17 10:39

Belarus authorities indict Ukrainian journalist Sharoiko for espionage

Journalist Pavlo Sharoiko, a Ukrainian national detained by Belarus law enforcers, was charged under Article 358 of the Criminal Code (espionage).


This was said by a spokesperson for the KGB Dmitry Pobyarzhin, Censor.NET reports referring to NAVINY.BY.

The law enforcement agency has not yet confirmed whether the indictment was brought against the citizen of Belarus who was also detained on espionage charges.

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On Nov. 17, Ukraine's National Public Broadcasting Company Chief Zurab Alasania reported Sharoiko's detention in Belarus. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry declined to comment on this issue.

On Nov. 20, the Belarusian KGB made a formal statement on Sharoiko's detention on espionage charges and expulsion of the adviser for the Ukrainian embassy. The KGB claims that Sharoiko has allegedly admitted his membership in Ukraine's Defense Intelligence Agency which Belarus-based undercover agent he allegedly was of.

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Earlier, Ukrainian reserve officer Ihor Hryb announced his son Pavlo Hryb was kidnapped by Russian FSB in Belarus: "FSB had lured Pavlo to Gomel under the guise of meeting a girl, and detained him."

On Aug. 24, 2017, Pavlo Hryb, aged 19, left for Belorussian Gomel to see a girl he met through social media, without knowing her personally, the father wrote. The girl was supposed to come from the Russian Federation. Pavlo was to return home on the same day, but he didn't. His father went to search for his son in Gomel the next day, and found that Pavlo was wanted by Russian FSB for a terrorist attack.

On Sept. 8, Hryb's attorneys said they were not allowed to see their client in Krasnodar prison.

On Sept. 13, a court in Krasnodar, Russia, arrested Hryb until Oct. 17.
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