Security Service searches Dnipropetrovsk offices

The SBU (Ukraine’s Security Service) searches offices of Dnipropetrovsk residents who advocate secession to Russia. The reason to start the pre-trial investigation is postings of Dnipropetrovsk residents in social networks.

The SBU claims, “Three suspects are enrolled in a radical organisation that positions its activities as ‘the liberation movement of Ukraine’s South-Eastern regions’”. Intelligence personnel raided the offices of Dnipropetrovsk residents, seizing computers and “agitation and propaganda materials of a destructive nature,” informs the SBU press service. Criminal cases opened on the residents cite the Article "Encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine."

There are residents in the southeastern regions of Ukraine who want referendums following the Crimea’s example. They stir up people in Donetsk, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Lugansk and other cities, by declaring their desire to join Russia. Protesters are calling for immediate resignation of Kiev-appointed officials and a vote on the status of the regions.

Earlier media reported that Russia’s Investigation Committee opened a case against the Dnepropetrovsk millionaire Gennady Balashov, citing “public calls to extremism” and “incitement to murder”.

“According to the investigation officials, on March 10 this year Gennady Balashov, speaking on the Kiev’s square, has publicly called for the murder of Russian citizens in the Crimea and in Ukraine,” says the report of the Investigation Committee.

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