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Ex-Major General of Ukraine’s Security Service sentenced to 5 years in prison for calling to overthrow Ukrainian government

Ex-Major General of Ukraine’s Security Service sentenced to 5 years in prison for calling to overthrow Ukrainian government


UKRAINSKA PRAVDA – THURSDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2022, 23:34

Oleksandr Tretiak, Ex-Major General of the Security Service of Ukraine, was sentenced, in absentia, to five years in prison for calling to seize state power in 2015. As part of his sentence, his property is subject to forfeiture.

Source: Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine; Unified State Register of Court Decisions; Ministry of Internal Affairs search records

Details: Tretiak was found guilty of conspiring to use mass media to call for a violent regime change, to overthrow Ukraine’s constitutional order and to seize state power (Part 2 of Article 28 and Part 3 of Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). He was sentenced to five years of imprisonment with confiscation of property.



Quote from the Prosecutor General’s Office: “Prosecutors proved in court that the former employee of the Security Service of Ukraine sided with the illegally created occupation regime in the ‘DPR’ [the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’].

In November 2015, the convict, who was then in the temporarily [Russian-]occupied city of Donetsk, and acting on previous agreements with representatives of the so-called [Ministry of State Security of the] “DPR”, was filmed for a [“DPR” propaganda] video against the backdrop of [the “DPR”] symbols. He called for the termination of the then-Ukrainian government and [urged viewers] to fight it by all means possible. The video was distributed on the Internet on the same day [it was filmed].”

More details: The Prosecutor General’s Office did not name the convicted person and did not state that the trial took place in absentia.

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However, the scenario described in the court case matches the case that Oleksandr Tretiak, Ex-Major General of Ukraine’s Security Service, has been suspected of.

According to the court ruling from 2017, Tretiak “entered into a criminal conspiracy with unidentified representatives of the so-called ‘Ministry of State Security of the DPR’ to destabilise the socio-political situation in Ukraine by creating and disseminating materials calling for a violent regime change, overthrowing the constitutional order and seizing state power in Ukraine in [popular] media, including [on] the Internet” in November 2015, while in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk Oblast.

On 29 November 2015, Tretiak was directly involved in filming a video with symbols…

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