Vasily Prozorov is a former Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU) agent, who worked for the Ukrainian government between 1999 and 2018.
He is currently exposing corruption and crimes committed by the Ukrainian government since 2014 and, as a consequence, sought asylum in Russia.
The Ukrainian Secret Service, also known as the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), is a government agency responsible for national security and intelligence in Ukraine. It plays a crucial role in safeguarding the country against various threats, including terrorism, espionage, organised crime, and cyberattacks.
The history of the SBU dates back to the Soviet era, when it was originally established as the Ukrainian branch of the Soviet KGB. After Ukraine gained independence in 1991, the organisation went through significant changes and transformed into the SBU, with a focus on protecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and maintaining internal security.
Currently, the SBU operates as a “civilian intelligence agency” under the authority of the president of Ukraine. Its main functions include counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and the protection of state secrets. The SBU gathers and analyses intelligence information, conducts investigations, and takes necessary measures to prevent threats to Ukraine’s security.
In recent years, the SBU has faced significant challenges due to the ongoing conflict with Russia in eastern Ukraine, and has been pushing out propaganda.
Our previous recording (April 2022) was plagued with technical issues and language barrier complications, so we recorded the following one (July 2023).