Draft Law No. 9494 only speaks of some amendments to some laws however the explanatory note is more forthcoming. The president is proposing to create within the SBU [Security Service] “a counterintelligence unit for protecting the interests of the state in the sphere of information security.”
This, we are told, “should promote the concentration of forces and methods for … protecting the legitimate interests of the state and citizens’ rights in the information sphere from subversive intelligence activities of foreign security services, unlawful encroachments from organizations, groups or individuals.”
Wind blowing from a Soviet past? The president’s “initiative” is dangerously similar to the practice already seen among Ukraine’s post-Soviet neighbours, most notoriously, Belarus.