The DPR reported the detention of an OSCE employee on suspicion of espionage

According to the authorities of the DPR, Vadim Golda, a citizen of Ukraine, on the instructions of foreign intelligence, collected data on the places of deployment of the military personnel of the republic and important industrial facilities

Employees of the Ministry of State Security (MGB) of the Donetsk People's Republic detained a citizen of Ukraine, an employee Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE on suspicion of espionage, reports the headquarters of the territorial defense of the republic.

“MGB DPR detained an employee of the OSCE SMM, security assistant, a citizen of Ukraine, Golda Vadim Nikolaevich, born in 1967,” — The report said.

According to the authorities of the republic, Golda, on the instructions of the OSCE security officer Aman Akhmedzyanov and foreign intelligence, collected and transmitted information about the location of the DPR military personnel and state and defense facilities.

< p>“The Investigation Department of the Ministry of State Security of the DPR initiated a criminal case against the said person on suspicion of committing a crime under Art. 321 of the Criminal Code of the DPR “Espionage”,— specified in the press service. The maximum punishment under this article provides for up to 12 years in prison in peacetime, and punishment up to the death penalty in military time.

At the request of RBC, the OSCE mission reported that they could not yet provide additional information about the detention. They also cited an earlier statement by OSCE Secretary General Helge Schmidt, who called the detention of mission members in the DPR and LPR “unacceptable.” “I condemn the deplorable acts of intimidation, harassment and hostile public rhetoric against the SMM and mission members in non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. All members of our national mission remain officials of the OSCE and must be granted functional immunity. she pointed out.

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Earlier, on April 10, the DPR State Defense Committee recognized the work of the OSCE mission on the territory of the republic as unlawful and ordered the mission staff to leave the DPR by April 30. Also, the decision to ban the monitoring mission was announced by the authorities of the Luhansk People's Republic. The head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, accused the OSCE staff of creating a negative image of Russia and the Donbass republics in Europe. According to him, the observers continued to do so even after March 31, when their mandate expired.

Also, on April 11 and 15, two employees of the OSCE Luhansk division were detained in the LPR in a case of treason.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine began its work on March 21, 2014. On March 31, 2022, her mandate expired. “States” OSCE participants have not yet reached a consensus on its future, but discussions on this topic among 57 participating States continue,— according to the OSCE website.

At the same time, at the end of February, the OSCE announced the evacuation of its international specialists from the territory of Ukraine, from Donetsk and Lugansk. Most of the employees left by February 28, the evacuation was completed by March 8. Local mission staff remained, they will “manage the premises and property of the SMM in anticipation of the resumption of its operations in Ukraine,” the organization reported.

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