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.