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Journalist detained in Donbass on charges of spying for Ukraine's Security Service

A Ukrainian woman journalist from Ivano-Frankovsk has been detained in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) on charges of spying for Ukraine's Security Service, the LPR ministry of state security said on Tuesday.

"Olga Bogdanova, a correspondent from the Golos-info news resource, has been detained as an agent with the call sign 'Metel.' She was contracted by the Ukrainian security services to collect and transmit information of political and military character in the LPR's territory," LuganskInforCenter quoted the ministry as saying. "The journalist used a personal contact with a servicemen of one of the republic's territorial units."

A criminal case has been opened against Bogdanova on espionage charges which carry a punishment of a prison term of from ten to twenty years.

Earlier, the LPR ministry of state security said that its officers have exposed 29 Ukrainian agents operating in the republic in the first five months of 2016.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 21Jun16]

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