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KGB accuses Pavlo Sharoyko of spying for Ukrainian military intelligence.13 February 2018
The Supreme Court of Belarus has begun trying a Ukrainian journalist accused of espionage.
The trial of Pavlo Sharoyko is being held behind closed doors, a court spokeswoman told RFE/RL on 12 February.
Sharoyko, a Ukrainian radio reporter, was detained by Belarusian authorities in November. At the time, some of his colleagues said he was investigating the case of 19-year-old Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb, who was arrested in Belarus last summer and is now in Russia facing terrorism charges.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry two weeks ago called for the release of Hryb, who it said was being held illegally in Russia.
Hryb’s father, Ihor Hryb, said his son travelled to Gomel, Belarus in August to meet a girl he knew only from social media, planning to return to Ukraine the same day. When he failed to return home the father went to Gomel, where he said he learned that Pavlo was on a Russian list of persons wanted in connection with a terrorist attack, according to an Interfax-Ukraine report.
The Belarusian KGB accuses Sharoyko of being an undercover intelligence officer working for the Ukrainian military and running a string of paid agents in Belarus.
The KGB claims Sharoyko admitted to being a career officer with Ukrainian military intelligence, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
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