The SSU detained the organizers of the Russian “troll factory” in Kyiv
Cyber specialists of the Security Service neutralized the pro-Kremlin “troll factory” in Kyiv.
The perpetrators spread appeals in social networks to support armed aggression against Ukraine and justified the war crimes of the Russian occupiers.
It was established that as a primary source, the Internet agents used the Telegram channel of the Moscow propagandist Yuriy Podolyaka, a Russian blogger with more than 2.7 million subscribers.
“Trolls” spread their publications through reposts or under the guise of “own” publications on social networks.
According to the investigation, the subversive activity in the Kyiv region was organized by two local residents.
Computer equipment for conducting “infomediary” and communication with Russian curators was installed in their own residences in the capital and Bila Tserkva.
In order to massively “cover” the Internet space, the attackers tried to attract new members of the Kremlin propaganda “cell”.
In order to increase the size of the “audience”, hundreds of bot accounts were used, on behalf of which posts with Russian propaganda were distributed and commented on.
During searches of the perpetrators’ residences, law enforcement officers found mobile phones and computers with evidence of criminal activities.
Based on the collected evidence, the SSU investigators informed the two suspects from Kyiv of the suspicion under Part 2 of Art. 436-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (justification, recognition as legitimate, denial of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, glorification of its participants).
The court imposed a preventive measure on the perpetrators to prevent them from evading criminal responsibility.
An investigation is ongoing to bring all those responsible to justice.
Investigative and operational actions were carried out by the SSU staff of Kyiv and the Kyiv region under the procedural guidance of the Kyiv City Prosecutor’s Office.