Russian Spy Chief Reportedly Under House Arrest

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President Putin and the Russian Spy Chief Incident

A few weeks after Russia’s hesitant invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has followed up with his own actions – attacking Russia’s Federal Security Service, or the FSB. The FSB is Russia’s main intelligence agency, and the effects of President Putin’s attack have resulted in the house arrest of its leader’s highest-ranking leader, Colonel-General Sergei Beseda – who was supposed to provide information on Ukraine before the invasion- has been put under arrest for allegations such as the embezzlement of operational funds, kept back for inflammatory acts, and not providing the best intelligence on the situation in Ukraine.

It is also stated that FSB officers were searching over 20 addresses to find fellow FSB officers accused of being in touch with journalists. They say that the main reason Putin put out these searches is to find who was responsible for the embezzlement of funds, which were funneled into the use of “subversive activities .”Activities can be “subversive” when it is targeted toward destructing or displacing subsisting governments by force and violence. However, others believe that the real reason for these searches is because of “unreliable, incomplete and partially false information about the political situation in Ukraine”. Additionally, Osechkin, a Russian activist who has lived in France until 2015, has appeared on the ‘wanted persons registry’ of Russia, and posted an online comment about whistleblower reports suspected of being written by analysts of the FSB. A whistleblower is a reporter’s wrongdoing of reporting fraud, corruption, abuse, or other dangers to public health and safety, assuming that it would be news to the public. Something stated by the analysts about the situation is that they are now being accused and blamed for this, and their analysis is being rebuked. Nonetheless, several additional Russians have been dismissed from their position in the FSB in the midst of the war in Ukraine.  

There are also several records of Sergei Beseda, the leader of the FSB, in Kyiv on certain days, but he was reportedly there to check on whether the Russian embassies were being properly protected. Despite everything that has happened, the FSB seems to be unharmed. However, some officers are still being charged for providing intelligence to the Ukrainians, and participating in other seditious activities.

Currently, the FSB has failed to share more information prior to the invasion of Ukraine.