FSB Counterespionage Successes in 2016: The Yuri Ivanchenko Case

“The question which, of course, was not addressed in the press release, but which we could speculate on, considering how quickly he was released, is the following: did Ivanchenko become a double agent or was he, perhaps, one all along? This will no doubt be the main worry of the SBU and their supervisors and mentors at the CIA.”

Professor Filip Kovacevic


According to official press releases published in 2016, the Federal Security Service has conducted eight successful counterespionage operations and ten counter-terrorist and counter-extremist operations. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

The Federal Security Service (FSB) — the main KGB successor agency — is Russia’s domestic security agency.

Generally speaking, during 2016, most arrested spies had entered Russia from the former Western Soviet republics (Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine). [Most terrorists, on the other hand,  came from the former Southern Soviet republics (the Central Asian states, Tajikistan in particular).]

This perhaps has something to do with the political systems in the countries in question. The Central Asian states appear to be more corrupt and disorderly and more easily penetrable by the “terrorist” ideology and its foreign sponsors than the states in the West. Ukraine is here the only exception [Filip Kovacevic]

The Yuri Ivanchenko Case

On 26 March 2016, the Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested Lt. Colonel Yuri Ivanchenko, an operative of the counterintelligence department of the Ukrainian National Security Agency (SBU).

The FSB stated that Lt. Colonel Yuri Ivanchenko had volunteered to spy for Moscow. But the FSB suspected that he was  a double agent.

The FSB claimed that the CIA had helped the Ukrainian security service prepare Ivanchenko for the mission aimed at eventually exposing his Russian contacts.

According to the official press release:

“Ivanchenko, who already offered his services in 2014, was supposed to convince the FSB of his credibility and establish a network of dead-drops in Kiev by the way of which he would pass the supposedly secret documents to the FSB.

At some point, the SBU and the CIA operatives would burst onto the scene and arrest the FSB operative(s) picking up the documents.

The information would be passed on to the state-controlled media with the expectation of making an international scandal aimed at discrediting Russia in the eyes of the international community.”

Vasyl Hrytsak –the head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) — confirmed that Ivanchenko was an SBU employee.

Ukraine's SBU security service chief Vasyl Grytsak speaks to media during a press conference in Kiev on June 6, 2016. Ukraine's security service said on June 6 it had arrested a Frenchman with a huge weapons arsenal who was allegedly planning terror attacks during the Euro 2016 football championship in France. Grytsak said the arrest was made on May 21 when the man was trying to cross into Poland near the Ukrainian frontier town of Yagodyn. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV

Ukraine’s SBU security service chief Vasyl Grytsak

However, Vasyl Hrytsak stated that Lt. Colonel Yuri Ivanchenko went to Russia on his own volition, had no access to “state secrets” since 2015 and was about to be fired.

Lt. Colonel Yuri Ivanchenko was allowed to contact the personnel of the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow.  He was expelled from Russia (” No charges were filed because he has caused no damage to the security of the Russian Federation” ) and banned from entering it ever again.


Russia Nabs Ukrainian Spy, Says He Will Be Sent Home — VOA

PRESS RELEASE (Google translates pretty well)


26 марта т.г. на территории Российской Федерации задержан сотрудник Департамента контрразведки центрального аппарата Службы безопасности Украины подполковник Юрий Иванченко. Иванченко прибыл в Россию под предлогом посещения родственников, несмотря на то, что выезд на территорию России своим сотрудникам украинскими спецслужбами запрещен.

Еще до его прибытия в Россию ФСБ получила упреждающую информацию о том, что СБУ и ЦРУ США подготовили Иванченко для участия в операции по подставе на вербовку ФСБ путем инициативного предложения им своих услуг.

Известно, что в настоящее время в здании СБУ в Киеве работают представители разведки США, которые курируют всю работу СБУ против России.

При этом в первый раз Иванченко пытался предложить свои услуги ФСБ России еще в 2014 году.

Сотрудник СБУ должен был заинтересовать ФСБ своими возможностями добывать секретную информацию и убедить ФСБ в необходимости поддерживать с ним связь в условиях Киева через тайники.

На каком-то этапе СБУ и ЦРУ США планировали захватить с поличным сотрудника ФСБ при получении информации от Иванченко.

После задержания, Иванченко, не опасаясь быть изобличенным в государственной измене, потребовал сообщить о себе в посольство Украины в Москве. Возможность связаться с украинским диппредставительством ему была предоставлена.

Поскольку деяния иностранца не нанесли ущерб безопасности Российской Федерации, он будет выдворен на Украину с закрытием въезда на территорию России.

The Analysis of the 2016 FSB Press Releases / Part I — Newsbub

Security Threats to Russia: FSB Counterterrorism Successes of 2016

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