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on Wed May 25, 2016 3:00 pmAdmin
Pope Francis welcoming pilgrims came to the Ukrainian military. Among them boule those who were wounded during combat tasks in the area of ​​ATO

Pope Francis in Rome blessed the Ukrainian military, reports Radio Vatican.

According to media reports, before the general audience on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Pope Francis descended from panoramic car, which he rode between sectors in St. Peter's Square, welcoming the pilgrims approached the group of Ukrainian military. The Holy Father greeted troops who took part in the military pilgrimage to Lourdes, and blessed them.

These are the participants of the 28th international military pilgrimage to the Marian pilgrimage center in France, which lasted from 20 to 22 May on "The door is always open", and its main theme was God's mercy. Participation in the military pilgrimage each year are from different countries, praying for peace. From 1996 until he joined the military and police of Ukraine. It has become a tradition at the end of military action in France from Ukraine arrive for a meeting with the Pope.   In Ukrainian/український
on Wed May 25, 2016 2:38 pmAdmin
Ukrainian pilot and Member of Parliament Nadia Savchenko, who has been freed from Russian captivity, has told Russians not to be scared and to get off the knees, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

"Let me tell you…[Let me] first send my regards to Russians and call on them not to be scared, as there is nothing to be scared of. It time to get off the knees. I'm well aware that it is not a country where it is easy to get off the knees, but if they want to live in peace, like we do, they will have to stand upright. And our task is not to allow them [Russian soldiers] to come here," Savchenko said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv on Wednesday, May 25...........
Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine has prepared a draft law to raise the minimum wage

The draft law "On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning the minimum wage" will increase the minimum wage. But while the specific amounts are not indicated. This was reported on the website of the Ministry.

"In Europe, the minimum wage provided all the components of pay, in addition to compensation payments, and 50-60 percent of the average wage in the country. In Ukraine, the minimum wage tariff provided only part of the salary that is not objectively reflect the minimum income workers nadtaryfnoyi of wages, and is 30-35 percent of the average wage. It also is the basis for the formation of the wage scale, "- said in a statement.

It is noted that the lower limit of the tariff rate on the bill will be 60% ​​of the minimum wage, and the company independently determine and review the tariff scale.

Also when charging employer wages below the minimum take place additional cost.   In Ukrainian/український

We put that in 2016 the minimum wage from May to November 1450 will amount to UAH.

This is not the first attempt to dismantle the monument to Lybidska

In Kiev, the activists decided to try again to demolish the monument Cheka, located near the metro station "Lybidska." This time they drove excavator, which has already knocked down part of the monument.

"Huntamobil broke chyekistiv in the head. It has remained a little more, "- wrote the city council member from the" Freedom "Andrew Ruslan posting photos excavator, destroying the monument.   In Ukrainian/український
on Wed May 25, 2016 1:16 pmAdmin
Avakov said that criminals arrested

At his wife Secretary of National Security and Defense Anna Turchynov attacked attacker armed with a knife.

It said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

"A few hours ago the wife Turchinov was committed an armed attack attacked attacker ... Anna Turchynov directly at the institute where she works. Attacked with a knife, shouting: "You, I, p ... answer", - he wrote on Facebook.

According to Avakov, the striker "neutralized and arrested."

Now men are being interrogated.

"Forward, a resident of Donetsk region, came specifically from occupied territory to attack the family Turchinov. At the detained terrorists seized a set of knives. During the interrogation, he behaved arrogantly threatening Turchynov and to the government, shouting that his case prove to the other end, "- said the Minister.

At the headquarters of the National Police Kyiv clarified that due to attack no one was hurt.   In Ukrainian/український
Ukraine is expecting positive news about two more Ukrainian political hostages by the end of May 2016.

This was announced by president's envoy on peaceful settlement of the Donbas situation Iryna Herashchenko in Boryspil airport, Censor.NET informs.

"By the end of May of current year we are expecting more positive news about another two Ukrainian political hostages," Herashchenko specified.

Read more: Plane with Savchenko landed at Boryspil airport, - Poroshenko

She also apologized for the secrecy surrounding the release of Nadiia Savchenko.

"Deciding between the release of Nadiia and disclosure of information, we chose the release of Nadiia," she said.   In Ukrainian/український
on Wed May 25, 2016 9:18 amAdmin
The hope expressed its dissatisfaction with the policy, which is beneficial to the real heroes of Ukraine were dead

Released from Russian captivity Hope Savchenko made the first statement after arriving in Ukraine. She asked for forgiveness from those mothers whose children are not yet delivered. "It is advantageous when the heroes are dead, but we will live, we will be in Verhorvniy Council," - she said.

Hope thanked the people who fought for her and other prisoners. "If people do not fight, politicians were silent," - she said.

As reported earlier,krayinska pilot Nadia Savchenko Airport Bankova went on to meet with President Petro Poroshenko.

This presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tseholko.

"As soon as the presidential plane sat on Ukrainian soil, President of Hope came and congratulated her on Ukrainian land," - he said.

"Now Nadia will go to the AP, which will meet with the head of state", - he added.

MP Helen Shkrum wrote on Twitter that her mother Nadezhda Savchenko managed to talk the phone with her daughter.   In Ukrainian/український
on Wed May 25, 2016 8:51 amAdmin

Savchenko in the presidential motorcade left the airport on Bankova

At a time when the Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko came to their homeland and went to Kyiv, the capital covered the heavy rain. A downpour flooded some streets of the capital, the movement of cars slowed.

As you know, Savchenko Airport went on Bankova to meet with President Petro Poroshenko. With Savchenko came Press Secretary of the President of Ukraine Vladyslav Tseholko and Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko, who met her yet in. Earlier, the media reported that today will Hope Savchenko exchange for two Russians Alexander Alexandrov and Evgeny Erofeev, which in Rostov-on-Don aircraft will arrive President of Ukraine. We also learned that Putin signed a decree to pardon Hope Savchenko.  In Ukrainian/український
Video, where little girls sing a song for adults, puts Ukraine as a world freak, says human rights activist and former MP

Human rights activist Lilia Grigorovich act outraged singer Svetlana Loboda - namely children singing songs from the stage "hell love." She said this in a comment "Commander."

According to former deputatky this situation "puts Ukraine once again as a world freaks, it is also a violation of children's rights."

The human rights activist said that Loboda has every right to sing these songs, but invite little girls her sing - it too. "I think that in general Loboda very specific repertoire. She - and the actress who believes that without undressing, without sex, naked body without it can not break through. Obviously it helps it, it breaks. But I think that the songs do not need to call the kids "- said Grigorovich.

According to the activist, everyone who has children or grandchildren understand that there is a certain time for certain songs. "At these concerts go 6-7-8 years kids, it happens that four year. They are happy when they called to the scene because they want to feel like actresses. Perhaps those who are 4-5, and do not understand what they're singing, but has girls aged 8-9 is well aware. And if you want to call Loboda - even though sing one of the songs that fit the situation ", - said Grigorovich.

At the same time human rights activist recalled and the responsibility of parents for such situations. However, G. recognizes that parents were not prepared for such a development. "Many parents in the provinces when they were coming artists from the capital, of course, take the kids along. I think some parents, when I saw how their girl is singing from the stage, the soul regretted that took them to the concert "- summarized it.

Recall that on his concert in Mariupol singer Svitlana Loboda invited on stage children together with them ... singing lines rather vulgar content with his latest hit "hell love." Young girls had to a large audience sing the words "razdevaysya, lozhys."   In Ukrainian/український
The behavior of the singer triggered a wave oburennya in social networks

At her concert in Mariupol singer Svitlana Loboda invited to the stage and children with them ... singing lines rather vulgar content with his latest hit "hell love."

Young girls had to a large audience sing the words "razdevaysya, lozhys" etc.

The video, which was recorded this episode, placed disgruntled viewers on Youtube.

First, the singer talked with the four girls, who look for 3-7 years. They spoke about their parents about how they relate to her work. After that offered to sing one of his songs. Children and started singing along lines "razdevaysya and lozhys" and "hell love." Note at this time Hall cheerfully greeted and applauded this speech.

And then, when the video gets into the network, vulgar lyrics and behavior of the singer caused a wave of indignation in social networks.

As you know, Loboda concert took place in Mariupol on 22 May. This singer is also known that in spite of Russian aggression against Ukraine is actively serving in Moscow and other Russian cities. Loboda was awarded the title "Honored Artist of Ukraine" by President Viktor Yanukovych.

Recall recently Svyatoslav Vakarchuk held for residents of the city frontline free concert.   In Ukrainian/український
Refusing to establish a process of social benefits in controlled and uncontrolled territories of Donbass Ukraine, the Ukrainian government, which so verbally committed to Europe, not only flagrantly violated Ukrainian laws and also basic rules of humanitarian law. This opinion was expressed by the leader of the "Ukrainian choice" Victor Medvedchuk.

Recall, the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Ian Tombinskyy at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko said that the Ukrainian authorities should not stop paying temporary immigrants in checking their data.

"this EU position is clear and understandable, it complies with the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, principles of humanity and problem solving civilized way, as is customary in Europe" - said Medvedchuk.

He also criticized the explanation Rozenko, who said that the payments are not possible due to technical reason.

"It would wish - any technical problems can be solved. But that's just not the slightest desire. This is evidenced by the absence of any steps by the Ukrainian government in this direction ", - wrote Medvedchuk.

In addition, he expressed hope that pressure from the EU will play a role.

See also interview Rozenko" Commander " in which he spoke about problems with pension settlers.   In Ukrainian/український
on Wed May 25, 2016 6:51 amAdmin
Presidential aircraft will arrive in Kyiv no later than 14:45

The plane of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on board from Rostov-on-Don flies to Ukraine illegally sentenced to Russia Nadezhda Savchenko, landed at the airport "Borispol" no later than 14:45. This was reported by People's Deputy from "Fatherland" Igor Lutsenko on his page on Facebook.
"No later than 14:45 landing" - he wrote.

Earlier on Wednesday, informed sources told "Interfax" that the plane of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the coming hours will land at the airport of Rostov-on-Don , where he expects sentenced in Hope Savchenko. It was reported that on board are HRUshnyky Yerofeyev Eugene and Alexander Alexandrov. Today President Poroshenko was filed petitions for clemency HRUshnykiv Evgeny Erofeev and Alexander Alexandrov. Media reported that Poroshenko signed a pardon .

At 12:45, the media reported that Savchenko flew from Rostov-on-Don on board the President of Ukraine .  In Ukrainian/український
Ilya Novikov, lawyer of convicted in Russia Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiia Savchenko, is currently in Rostov-on-Don and promises to report important news within two hours.

"At the moment, I myself stay in Rostov-on-Don. Within two hours, I'll have important news about Nadiia Savchenko," Novikov told Interfax on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports.

He added he was heading for the Rostov-on-Don airport. "Now I can not comment on anything officially. As soon as I can report information to journalists, I'll do it. At the moment, I'm approaching the airport," Novikov said.  In Ukrainian/український
on Wed May 25, 2016 6:47 amAdmin
Ukrainian servicewoman Nadiia Savchenko has left Rostov-on-Don for Kyiv at the Ukrainian presidential aircraft.

Reuters' source close to the exchange informs, Censor.NET reports.

Ukrainian Savchenko left Rostov-on-Don for Kyiv at the Ukrainian presidential aircraft. Poroshenko will make an announcement at 3:15 p.m. Kyiv time (12:15 p.m. GMT), Reuters Twitter account reports.

Earlier, media published information that President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has pardoned Russian GRU officers Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev, convicted in Ukraine, and that they would be exchanged for Nadiia Savchenko today.

Nadiia Savchenko's mother Mariia has also confirmed that the presidential aircraft had left for Rostov-on-Don to pick up her daughter.   In Ukrainian/український
Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko is aboard the Ukrainian President's plane back home to Ukraine.

She has been swapped for the two Russian captured soldiers.

The plane will land in Kyiv, at the Boryspil international airport at no later than 14.45, on May 25. This was reported by Ukraine's MP Ihor Lutsenko on Facebook.

At 15.15 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will make a statement for media............
The OVDinfo website reports that Sergei Gandlevsky was detained on May 23 by police officers at the Lubyanka Metro station in Moscow after he ripped down a portrait of the bloody dictator Joseph Stalin stuck on a wall. He was, fortunately, released after a couple of hours without any protocol being drawn up.

Gandlevsky, a poet, prose writer and translator, explains that he ripped down the portrait of a criminal. A man standing nearby, however, came up to him and asked him what he was doing, and then disappeared. He re-emerged, together with two police officers who carted him off to a police booth within the metro. The officers were disrespectful in their behaviour and threatened to jail him for what they called ‘vandalism and petty hooliganism’.

They avoided mentioning Stalin, however, and presumably understood that even in today’s Russia, ripping down the portrait of a mass murderer, posted without permission on the metro, does not make for a good court case...................

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on Wed May 25, 2016 6:32 amAdmin
Moscow "a little bit overestimated" European sovereignty. Joint sanctions against Russia imposed by the E.U. and U.S. demonstrated Brussels' dependency on Washington.

This bold statement was made by Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Hungary.

"We want a strong European Union to cooperate with. But the truth is, its sovereignty is "a bit overestimated". Ukrainian crisis has shown how the E.U. depends on Washington politically and economically", Lavrov said in an interview with Hungarian media outlet Magyar Nemzet.

The Minister also claimed, Russia managed to stabilise its industrial production and national currency, damaged by the sanctions. And economic restrictions approved by the E.U. actually do "significant harm to Europe itself"............
The plane of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is about to arrive at the airport of Rostov-on-Don (Russia), where GRU officers Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov will be exchanged for Ukrainian MP Nadiia Savchenko.

Censor.NET reports referring to Russian Interfax citing its sources.

"The Ukrainian presidential aircraft with Russians Yevgeny Erofeyev and Alexander Aleksandrov will soon land in Rostov-on-Don where Ukrainian Nadiia Savchenko has already been brought," a news agency's source said. According to him, the exchange will take place at the airport.

According to another source of Interfax, Savchenko will be transferred to the Ukrainian side on the basis of the agreement between the two states on the extradition of persons for further serving their sentence.

"Representatives of Russia's law enforcement authorities that accompany Savchenko have arrived at the airport. By mutual agreement, the Ukrainian authorities will give out there the two Russians detained in Ukraine," the source noted.

However, Savchenko's lawyers say they know nothing about the upcoming exchange. "I no nothing about this. Neither does my colleague Mark Feigin. I think you had better refer to official representatives of the state," lawyer Nikolai Polozov said.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian news agency UNIAN claims citing its sources that the plane has already landed in Rostov. "The plane arrived in Rostov tonight. Savchenko's transfer is to take place today," the agency stated.  In Ukrainian/український
Media reported that Savchenko has departed from Rostov on board the presidential plane

On Wednesday, May 25, at 15:15 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will make a statement to the media. The press service of the President.

The event will be held at the Presidential Administration.

Earlier on Wednesday, informed sources told "Interfax" that the plane of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the coming hours will land at the airport of Rostov-on-Don , where he expects sentenced in Hope Savchenko. It was reported that on board are HRUshnyky Yerofeyev Eugene and Alexander Alexandrov.

Today President Poroshenko was filed petitions for clemency HRUshnykiv Evgeny Erofeev and Alexander Alexandrov. Media reported that Poroshenko signed a pardon .

At 12:45, the media reported that Savchenko flew from Rostov-on-Don on board the aircraft of President of Ukraine   In Ukrainian/український
on Wed May 25, 2016 5:59 amAdmin
Savchenko flew from Rostov-on-Don on board the aircraft of President of Ukraine

Illegally convicted of citizen of Ukraine Hope Savchenko flew from Rostov-on-Don on board the President of Ukraine, said the source Reuters, writes Medusa .

Earlier on Wednesday, informed sources told "Interfax" that the plane of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the coming hours will land at the airport of Rostov-on-Don , where he expects sentenced in Hope Savchenko. It was reported that on board are HRUshnyky Yerofeyev Eugene and Alexander Alexandrov.
Recall that today President Poroshenko was filed petitions for clemency HRUshnykiv Evgeny Erofeev and Alexander Alexandrov. Media reported that Poroshenko signed a pardon .

Lawyers Savchenko not informed that in the coming hours may occur exchange for Russian HRUshnykiv.   In Ukrainian/український
If as a result of the large-scale doping scandal, the International Olympic Committee votes to prevent Russian athletes from taking part in the Rio Games, then FIFA, the international football association which is obligated to follow IOC decisions, would likely strip Russia of its right to host the 2018 World Cup, two Moscow analysts say.

That would constitute a major public relations disaster for Vladimir Putin who has made the hosting of this competition the most important follow-on event to the 2014 Sochi Olympiad, and it would also eliminate one of the major channels through which he has corruptly purchased the support of key Russian elites.

Consequently, the IOC decision, which a drumbeat of recent events suggests will go against Moscow, could cast a far larger shadow than many now think and have serious repercussions in Russian politics, repercussions far larger if as yet less attended to than a ban on Russian athletes at the upcoming Olympiad.....................

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has pardoned convicted Russian soldiers Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by Reuters citing its own source on Wednesday, May 25.

The two Russians are now flying to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Interfax news agency cited a source as saying.   In Ukrainian/український
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko confirmed that Interpol's order for arrest of former Party of Regions member Yurii Ivaniushchenko, better known as Yura Yenakiyevskiy, has been canceled, but his assets remain under arrest.

This was announced by Censor.NET's Chief Editor Yurii Butusov on his Facebook page after the meeting with Prosecutor General Lutsenko on Ivaniushchenko's case.

"Yesterday I went to see Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko on Ivaniushchenko's case. Several TV crews arrived for a commentary. I was surprised to see Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP Oleh Nedava, who came to talk with reporters and then entered the reception of the prosecutor general. Nedava is known as vice president of Novi Tekhnolohii foundation, the president of which is Ivaniushchenko's right-hand man Ivan Avramov. He was not invited, I was told at the reception.

"Nedava was giving interviews to TV crews, saying that neither him nor Ivaniushchenko are involved, and that accusing Ivaniushchenko is illegal.

"After 10 more minutes of such communication, Nedava left the reception of Lutsenko and didn't meet the prosecutor general. I believe we have a problem similar to that in Italy. A mafia boss, who had been a private person and held no posts, signed nothing, he can easily acquire assets for his family, open bank accounts, and demand respect to himself as a citizen.

"Italians had to do a lot to improve their legislation and law enforcement system to hold mafia bosses accountable. The major problem is omerta. I said this at the meeting with Yurii Lutsenko," Butusov wrote.

"We need testimony against Ivaniushchenko. We need witnesses who will help bring the mafia bosses to justice," the journalist stressed.

"Prosecutor general has confirmed that Interpol's order for Ivaniushchenko's arrest had been indeed cancelled. But he noted that his assets are still under arrest. I will not disclose the details. I've seen that the prosecutor general knows onions in the case," Butusov noted.

"I will continue controlling the investigation. Judging from active participation of MP Nedava, Ivaniushchenko has strong lawyers. They do not belong to the Opposition Bloc, but to the ruling party. So we need public control in this case.

"I ask all businessmen who were racketeered by Ivaniushchenko, Sarkisian, Avramov - I believe this is the time for us together to restore justice. Ivaniushchenko is not a businessman or politician, he is a godfather, and no compromises regarding him are possible," Butusov summed up.   In Ukrainian/український
The situation in the area of anti-terrorist operation (ATO) remains difficult. Militants keep violating all agreements on deescalation of the conflict.

Censor.NET reports citing ATO press center.

Over the past day, terrorists committed 33 attacks against Ukrainian defenders. As usual, the lion's share of such episodes occurred after dark.

"The enemy continues to intensively attack Ukrainian troops in Avdiivka's industrial area. Over the night, pro-Russian criminals employed grenade launchers, anti-aircraft guns, and 82-mm mortars. The crackle of small arms fire virtually does not subside there.

"In the Horlivka-Svitlodarsk salient, our strong points near Zaitseve and Luhanske again came under small arms and grenade launcher fire. ATO forces' positions in the vicinity of Sokilnyky (the Luhansk region) were hit with anti-tank guided missiles twice. In the same area, invaders fired grenade launchers at the defenders of Stanytsia Luhanska," the report reads.

According to the Staff, the situation at Mariupol direction was also strained. There, invaders employed grenade launchers to hit ATO forces' positions near Shyrokyne, Hranitne, and Hnutove.

In addition, at night, militants tried to break through Ukrainian defenses near Novotroitske: "With the support of IFVs, snipers, and grenade launcher fire, the enemy launched an assault. Ukrainian soldiers returned fire and destroyed an enemy IFV, forcing the attackers to retreat."

As also reported, nine passes of enemy UAVs were registered over the last 24 hours.

After midnight, illegal armed groups have used weapon four times already. In particular, small-arms and grenade launcher fire was delivered in the vicinity of Shyrokyne, Avdiivka, and Zaitseve.   In Ukrainian/український
A video has been released on the Internet, showing the beginning of a powerful attack by pro-Russian terrorists against Avdiivka's industrial area on Monday evening, May 23.

As reported by Censor.NET, the video has been provided by People's Project volunteer center.

As noted, the assault claimed lives of two Ukrainian soldiers, while eight others received injuries. In addition, pro-Russian terrorists again used Minsk-banned weapons.  In Ukrainian/український
Former Deputy Prosecutor General Vitalii Kasko expressed conviction that Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko should make a decision on reinstatement of members of the General Inspection of the Prosecutor General’s Office who were served notices of dismissal when the post of Prosecutor General was occupied by Viktor Shokin.

Vitalii Kasko said this on air of 3S TV channel, Censor.NET reports

"It would be appropriate if the first step (of the new Prosecutor General) is reinstatement of the previous General Inspectorate members," he said.

According to him, the two-month period since they have been served redundancy notices expires just this Thursday.

Kasko also commended possible appointment of former U.S. federal prosecutor of Ukrainian descent Bohdan Vitvitsky as head of the interview panel to select the new members of the PGO General Inspection.   In Ukrainian/український
NATO buildup on its eastern flank is a direct response to the Russian military campaigns in Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was said by NATO Military Committee Chairman, Gen. Petr Pavel in an interview to Radio Svoboda.

According to the military official, if there were no Russian offensive demonstrated in Georgia, Ukraine, Crimea, and Syria, there would be no reaction on the part of NATO as well.

Petr Pavel said that the members of the Alliance and especially its eastern member states feel threatened by Russia's self-confidence and aggression.

Gen. Pavel stressed that the countries that border with Russia want to be more confident in NATO's presence and the Alliance's readiness to act.

The NATO Military Committee is the principal military authority in the Alliance and the main source of military advice to NATO's civilian leadership.   In Ukrainian/український
Russia’s espionage offensive in Europe came to the surface on Tuesday after a Portuguese spy was detained in Rome for allegedly passing NATO secrets to a Russian intelligence officer.

Censor.NET reports citing The Telegraph.

The supposed double agent, identified by the local media as Frederico Carvalhão, is a member of the Potugal's SIS intelligence service, the country's equivalent of MI5, responsible for internal security and counter-terrorism.

Mr Carvalhão is accused of selling sensitive information relating to NATO and the European Union, both of which are key targets for Russian intelligence.

In line with the tradecraft of espionage, Mr Carvalhão had allegedly been leaving Portugal and travelling to different European capitals to meet his Russian handler since 2014. But he was secretly tracked by the SIS counter-espionage unit.

Last Friday, Mr Carvalhão flew to Rome for a meeting with his Russian contact on Saturday. Italian police accompanied by Portuguese intelligence officers claim to have captured him red-handed in the act of passing documents to the Russian.

Unusually, the alleged Russian intelligence officer was not a diplomat with legal immunity, so he was also arrested.

Mr Carvalhão, who had risen to become a departmental chief in SIS before being shunted sideways into information analysis, is accused of charging €10,000 for every document he passed on.

"As a result of excellent coordination between the public prosecutor, the judicial police and the SIS, and the level of international cooperation with the Italian authorities, two people were arrested in Rome for alleged espionage crimes, corruption and violation of state secrecy," said a statement from the Portuguese police.

This "complex and sensitive operation"stemmed from an investigation started last year pointing to "the suspected existence of a crime of espionage by an official on behalf of a foreign intelligence service".

Russia has escalated its espionage offensive against Nato and Europe, but this is a rare incident of a face-to-face meeting between spies being uncovered. Experts will be surprised at the clumsiness of the episode, with an alleged Russian intelligence officer being caught in the act of receiving information - and not being able to claim diplomatic immunity.

Documents and an unspecified quantity of cash were also seized from Mr Carvalhão's home in Lisbon. The spy is understood to have been the subject of earlier disciplinary proceedings within SIS. He is also believed to have had relationships with several women from Eastern Europe, including Russia.  In Ukrainian/український
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