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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine submitted to the Verkhovna Rada the bill No. 6521, which provides for the legalization of secret detention centers of the SBU. The relevant data contained on the website lie.

According to the explanatory note, we are talking about the legalization of actually existing institutions of preliminary detention of the security Service of Ukraine.

The bill provides that detentions can have not only the State criminal-Executive service of Ukraine and the guardhouse of the Military police in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and SBU .

The bill “Rights of the security Service of Ukraine” offer to prescribe a rule that the security service could detain individuals on the grounds, in the manner and on the terms defined by the Constitution of Ukraine, Criminal procedural code of Ukraine and Code of Ukraine about administrative violations, other laws of Ukraine, and keep them, as well as persons taken into custody in specially designated areas.

In addition, the head of the security Service and heads of regional body of SBU or their surrogates have the right to conduct special operations with the use of light-sound devices of distracting action, water cannons, armored vehicles.

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We will remind, last year Amnesty International published a report which referred to “secret prisons” of the SBU. It was at least five persons who as at the time of publication materials were still in a secret prison. Noted that two Russian citizens and two Ukrainians from Kharkov, the identity of the fifth was not installed.

For its part, the head of the SBU Vasyl Hrytsak said that the SBU no “secret prisons”, but there are detention centres.

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