Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Dubinsky has been arrested and charged with collusion with Russia and spreading disinformation about Ukraine's political and military leadership.
Why it matters
The arrest of Oleksandr Dubinsky is significant as it highlights the alleged involvement of Ukrainian politicians in spreading disinformation and colluding with Russia. It also sheds light on the efforts made by Rudy Giuliani to uncover compromising material about Joe Biden. The charges of treason and belonging to a criminal organization indicate the seriousness of the allegations.
What the papers say
The Guardian says Dubinsky was accused of spreading disinformation about Ukrainian interference in US politics in pay of Russian intelligence, while the New York Times focuses on the accusations of treason and collusion with a Russian intelligence agency. Politico highlights Dubinsky's role in helping Rudy Giuliani in his search for dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden.
How we got here
In 2019, Rudy Giuliani and former President Donald Trump encouraged Ukrainian officials to investigate Hunter Biden's involvement with a Ukrainian energy company. Dubinsky, along with two other politicians, allegedly spread fake news about Ukraine's military and political leadership, including claims of Ukrainian interference in US presidential elections.
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