The National Police detained journalist and blogger Anatoly Shari in Tarragona, who was accused by the Ukrainian authorities of high treason. Police sources confirm to elDiario.es that Shari was arrested “under an international arrest warrant”.
“Spanish law enforcement officers detained Anatoly Shari on May 4, 2022. This became possible thanks to the close cooperation of the SBU, the Prosecutor General’s Office and international allies as a result of a special operation at several levels. Ukrainian law enforcement officers,” the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) explained in a message collected by the Ukrinform agency.
Spanish police sources say “he will be held accountable”. Spain and Ukraine have an agreement on cooperation in the fight against international crime.
The SBU accuses Shariy of violating two articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine: Art. 111 (betrayal); and 161 (violation of the principle of equality of citizens on the basis of race, nationality, religion, disability, etc.).
According to the SBU investigation, Shari “carried out illegal activities to the detriment of the national security of Ukraine in the information sphere.” The investigation indicates that Shari is spreading disinformation in the service of Russia.
“The evidence of the investigation is supported by a series of expert studies, which established that Shari’s interviews and speeches contain evidence of his subversive activities against Ukraine. Last year, he was declared a suspect,” the report said.
In June 2019, he created his own party, which participated in the 2019 parliamentary elections with a program for the annexation of Crimea to Russia. He received 2.23% of the vote.
On February 22, Shariy was summoned to Ukraine as part of the investigation, but did not appear. On February 25, Shari and his lawyer were summoned to the SBU to familiarize themselves with the materials of the case against him. Shari, who has lived in exile in the EU since 2012, according to a Kyiv-based independent newspaper, also failed to appear and was officially put on the wanted list by Ukraine.
Escrash with Ukrainian flags
According to Diari de Tarragona, Shari has been living in a luxurious house by the sea in Roda de Bera (Tarragona) since 2019 and was registered in the city “a few months” ago. Prior to that, he lived for five years under political asylum conditions in Lithuania, and after the visa expired, he left for Spain.
On March 25, a group of about 15 pro-Ukrainian protesters discovered his house and staged a terrorist attack at the gate of his house. The video, shared by the blogger on Facebook, shows him confronting protesters with Ukrainian flags who are chiding him in Ukrainian for cooperating with Russia and spreading their messages.
The journalist runs a news portal and YouTube channel with approximately 3 million subscribers who were banned in Ukraine for spreading “disinformation” in the service of the Kremlin.
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