Alexan­dra Usti­nova

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - — Oleg Sukhov

Alexan­dra Usti­nova, an ex­pert at the An­tiCor­rup­tion Ac­tion Cen­ter, and her col­leagues from the watch­dog have sued the Se­cu­rity Ser­vice of Ukraine for hid­ing its em­ploy­ees’ in­come dec­la­ra­tions from the pub­lic and other state agen­cies.

Usti­nova said on May 11 that she had been fol­lowed by SBU em­ploy­ees and peo­ple hired by the SBU. The agency has de­nied ha­rass­ing crit­ics of the au­thor­i­ties.

Re­formist law­maker Sergii Leshchenko said on May 13 that he had been ha­rassed by a per­son claim­ing to be a jour­nal­ist. Leshchenko ar­gues that the per­son was also hired by the SBU.

On April 20, Ra­dio Lib­erty pub­lished pos­si­ble ev­i­dence of the SBU’s in­volve­ment in or­ga­niz­ing a protest against Vi­taly Shabunin, head of the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Ac­tion Cen­ter’s ex­ec­u­tive board.

Mean­while, the Na­tional Po­lice on May 16 searched the apart­ment of Max Cherkasenk­o from the re­formist Demo­cratic Al­liance party. Cherkasenk­o claims that the searches had been car­ried out with pro­ce­dural vi­o­la­tions and aimed to ob­tain po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion from him. The au­thor­i­ties have also in­ves­ti­gated other op­po­nents of Poroshenko, in­clud­ing Dragon Cap­i­tal CEO To­mas Fiala, ex-cus­toms of­fi­cial Yu­lia Maru­shevska and anti-cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tor Kateryna Vezel­eva-Borisova.

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