SBU serves suspicion on the "expert" from Medvedchuk's channel, who mocked religious symbols

19.03.2021, 18:04
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The Security Service of Ukraine has announced suspicion to a pro-Russian propagandist and political strategist who publicly questioned the subjectivity of Ukraine and called for the official termination of its existence.

This was reported to Ukrayinska Pravda by an informed source in law enforcement agencies.

According to the UP, the so-called "political expert" Mikhail Shpir is being referred to, who was a guest in particular of TV channels from Viktor Medvedchuk's orbit: "112 Ukraine", "NewsOne", also on the air of the Russian Youtube channels ""," Russia 24", "News Front".

SBU operatives have established that this "expert" purposefully promotes the aggressor state narratives in the information space. In his speeches on Russian TV channels, interviews in pro-Russian media and messages on social networks, he has consistently expressed theses that humiliate Ukraine, its state symbols, language, history, heroes and people.

The pro-Russian political strategist participated in planned and coordinated information operations against Ukraine.

In particular, he supported an action organized by one of the parliamentary parties near the US embassy. Speaking as an "expert" on the air of one of the TV channels that is now under sanctions, he repeatedly promoted the thesis that Ukraine is allegedly "under external control".

The examinations appointed by the investigators showed that the propagandist promotes a system of views that purposefully instills in the audience the idea of inferiority of Ukraine, the need to dismantle it. He popularizes the idea of creating other subjects in its place, and annex part of the territory to the Russian Federation.
The SBU have noted that the person involved publicly called for reprisals against the participants of the revolution of dignity and the ATO/OOS and their families. He mocked the death of activist Kateryna Handziuk. He spoke offensively about citizens because of their faith, mocked religious symbols and demanded to introduce criminal liability for professing Christianity. He also expressed sympathy for the Nazis, Adolf Hitler, the Soviet Union, the NKVD, and Vladimir Putin's policies.

Now in criminal proceedings, searches were conducted at the place of actual and temporary residence of the person involved in Ivano-Frankivsk and Kyiv.

According to the results of investigative actions, he was informed of suspicion of encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine (Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), violation of equal rights of citizens depending on their race, nationality, religious beliefs, disability and other grounds (Article 161 of the Criminal Code), production, distribution of communist, Nazi symbols and propaganda of the communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes (article 436-1 of the Criminal Code).