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Popular Ukrainian Zelensky critic arrested in Spain

Kiev accuses the exiled opposition figure of “treason”.

Prominent blogger and critic of the Ukrainian government, Anatoly Shariy, has been detained by Spanish police as part of an international operation, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) announced on Thursday.

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Shariy was arrested on Wednesday in a joint operation by Spanish and Ukrainian cops, as well as international “partners”, the SBU said in a statement.

The agency, Kiev’s successor to the Soviet KGB, said that the opposition figure is wanted on charges of treason by Kiev, among other things. Shariy has been infringing Ukraine’s national security through his activities in the media realm, while allegedly acting on behalf of “foreign” forces, it insisted. The case against the YouTuber with almost 3 million subscribers was launched in February 2021.

Shariy’s arrest “is more proof that every traitor of Ukraine will sooner or later receive his well-deserved punishment. It is inevitable,” the SBU claimed.

The Ukrainian announcement was confirmed by the Spanish police, who told RIA-Novosti that Shariy was detained in the coastal city of Tarragona on May 4 on an international arrest warrant.

Shariy had been granted political asylum in the EU by Lithuania back in 2012. Back then, he said that he was fleeing persecution by the government of Viktor Yanukovich, whom the Western media branded pro-Russian.

Yanukovich was deposed after the Maidan coup in 2014, but the blogger remained a harsh critic of authorities in Ukraine, be it President Petro Poroshenko or his successor Volodymyr Zelensky.

He condemned Russia’s military operation in Ukraine after it was launched in late February but kept pointing out what he saw as flaws in Kiev’s conduct during the ongoing conflict.

The blogger’s political asylum was cancelled by Lithuania in January this year.

Shariy was absent from social media on Wednesday, but on Thursday he took to Telegram to share a photo of his wife feeding parrots in Barcelona, accompanying it with a comment reading: “This really is a comedy.”

According to media reports, the blogger was released from Spanish custody and placed under travel restrictions. He’s to remain in Barcelona where he has a home pending a decision on his extradition to Ukraine.

President Zelensky’s representative at the Constitutional Court has already expressed confidence that Shariy will “face a Ukrainian court and will be held liable in line with Ukrainian laws.”

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  1. Ukraine is a democracy according to the West. Come on, MSM propaganda is so simpleton and no body beleives this nonsense.

    • No,sadly a lot of sheeple buy into the propaganda.Take a look they are all around you they are the ones with masks on

  2. Liar Stuff news headline “Pope Francis offers to meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, but is still waiting to hear back”


    The real news headline is this:

    Pope Francis said that NATO “barking” at Russia’s door may have led to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and said he has offered to meet the Russian president in Moscow.


    Even Politico cannot make up horrible lies like our sh*ty STUFF.

    Also see the full news story in Italian at


  3. Seems like an INDEPENDENT UKRAINIAN PATRIOT who was AGAINST RUSSIA way back in 2012 and calls it like he sees it, is wrongly and illegally being attacked by OUT OF CONTROL ZELINSKY who isn’t democratic at all.

    • Ukarine is a poor country with average income of just US $3,000. The whole country is corrupt, controlled by thugs and oligarchs. Zelensky has made over billion dollars after becoming President. He promised to bring peace in the civil war going on in Ukraine since 2011. Instead, he intensified neo-nazi and military action on Eastern Ukarine and over 14,000 civilians were killed. Banned russian language. Neo-nazis were put in charge in most cities Mayors. US and NATO installed him to force Russia to protect Russians living in Ukraine. Most of the military and neo-nazis were moved to the East to luanch an attack on Donbass/Luhansk states within Ukraine, as well as launch an offensive on Crimea. French & Germans were gurantors of autnomy for Donbass/Luhansk states under the UN resoluton agreed. They never kept their promise when these two provinces were contunously shelled. Russians were too slow to act on Ukraine actually. They only provided some support to the militia for holding on but it was not enough to stop the killings of russians living in Ukraine. Over 2 million russian speaking Ukranians were forced to become refugees and ove to Russia before the Russia recognised Donbass/Luhansk as independent republics and entered into Ukraine to stop the evil regime.

      Unfortunately, this is all planned by US/UK and NATO as a strategy for regime change in Russia, weaken it and divide into smaller countries so that the natual resouces can be exploited. In the grand scheme of uniplolar new world order, both Russia and China cannot remain strong and powerful. If the collective West doesnt win, the new world order will be dead. That is why they are putting so much energy in Ukarine and use the Mass media to create public consent. US cannot win a nuclear war but they may risk it. God alone knows.


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