A Kyiv court ordered a 60-day detention for Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksandr Dubinsky on Tuesday. Dubinsky will be held on suspicion of treason. The politician is known for being on the US sanctions list, his connections to former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his vocal criticism of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the SBU, Ukraine’s security service, Dubinsky is a member of a criminal enterprise funded by Russian military intelligence. His charges include cooperating with the Russian intelligence community to undermine Ukraine’s war efforts.
On Monday, Ukraine’s security service conducted a search of Dubinsky’s home to “collect evidence” of the treason. The SBU alleged that under the codename “Buratino”, Dubinsky spread Russian narratives and disinformation in exchange for money. The security service named the deputy head of Russia’s GRU, Vladimir Alekseev, as the leader of the Russian side of the operation.
Specifically, the SBU points to a press conference given by Dubinsky in 2019. In the press conference, Dubinsky and an associate claimed to have uncovered a corrupt money-laundering scheme. They alleged the scheme implicated Burisma, a gas company where Hunter Biden once sat on the board of directors. Other claims from Dubinsky included allegations that US investment funds were being laundered through Ukraine.
On his Telegram page, Dubinsky denied the allegations, calling them “completely fabricated”. Instead, Dubinsky claims he is being punished for criticizing Zelensky and his chief of staff, Andriy Yermak.