Ukraine detains PM's aide suspected of being Russian agent

Dec 23, 2017, 00:41
Ukraine detains PM's aide suspected of being Russian agent

Stanislav Yezhov, 39, was detained by Ukraine's SBU security service in Kiev on Wednesday (20 December), according to the Guardian and the BBC.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on a trip to Warsaw that she is aware of reports that an interpreter for Ukraine's premier who was photographed with her in Downing Street has been arrested on suspicion of being a Russian spy.

A Ukrainian government official has been detained on charges of spying for Russia, Ukraine's security agency said Thursday.

The arrest is embarrassing for the Ukrainian authorities.

They allege he passed on data to the Russians through "electronic channels of communication".

In June 2016 he visited the White House and interpreted for Groysman during a meeting with the then U.S. vice-president, Joe Biden.

The Kremlin said it was aware of Yezhov's detention in Ukraine on charges of treason in favour of Russian Federation.

Ukrainian news outlet Ukrayinska Pravda, Yezhov's wife, Yulia Miroshnikova, is a Russian citizen and has accounts with Sberbank of Russia.

A press release from the SBU did not name Yezhov as the suspect arrested but said it had detained a Ukrainian official secretly working for the Russian government.

Prior to his work in the cabinet of ministers, Yezhov worked in the presidential administration, translating during press-conferences with former president Viktor Yanukovych during visits by foreign leaders.

Photos were taken in July of Yezhov in Downing Street alongside Theresa May as she walked with Groysman.

SBU investigators are preparing an appeal to an investigating judge with the request to choose custody as a measure of restraint for the detainee. SBU opened a criminal case for state treason.

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