Ukraine has detained Victor Zhora, a former top government cyber official

Last week, the Ukrainian government fired two of its top cybersecurity officials, accused of embezzlement. Now, one of them is detained.

Ukraine’s senior cabinet official Taras Melnychuk announced the firing in a public post on Telegram last week. The two officials are Yurii Shchyhol, head of Ukraine’s State Special Communications Service of Ukraine, or SSSCIP, and his deputy Victor Zhora, who has become a staple at international conferences as the public face of Ukraine’s cybersecurity defenders. .

On Monday, the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine announced in a press release that a judge ordered the detention of Zhora as a preventive measure, and that he was arrested, according to a machine translation.

The press release stated that the detention will last until January 22, 2024, and imposed a bail of 10,000,584 Ukrainian hryvnia, roughly $275,000.

It is not clear if Zhora is out on bail. And Zhora did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Zhora previously told TechCrunch, shortly after the charges were announced, that she would “defend my name and reputation in court.”

SSSCIP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Friday, Zhora tweeted that it was her last day working at SSSCIP.

“Thank you all for your support of our Service and our fight against the enemy in cyberspace. Hoping that my successor will continue to support all initiatives and international cooperation. Look forward to getting back to you soon on my new mission,” he wrote.

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