The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) of Ukraine, together with the prosecutor’s office, detained the deputy head of Kherson. According to the SBI, he is suspected of “complicity with the aggressor state.” The maximum term of imprisonment under this article is 12 years. According to today’s decision of the Ukrainian court, he was taken into custody. The name of the official was not released, but Vladimir Pepel is depicted in the photo in the SBI report.
Before the start of the special operation, the State Bureau of Investigation reported, the official was responsible for the activities of the executive bodies of the city council. After the arrival of Russian troops in Kherson, he was responsible for housing and communal services. The official participated in the organization of the work of housing and communal services under Russian law, established a system for collecting payments from the population. According to the State Bureau of Investigation, he was preparing the premises for holding a referendum on the entry of Ukrainian territories into the Russian Federation. He is also being tested for involvement in the illegal circulation of weapons and explosives.
On November 5, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) charged Volodymyr Saldo, the acting governor of the Kherson region, and his deputy Ekaterina Gubareva with collaborationism. The charge is related to participation in political events in support of Russia and the implementation of information activities in cooperation with the Russian side. On November 12, the SBU of Ukraine charged the head of the Crimean Ministry of Health with collaborationism.
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