Donetsk, Aug 27 - DAN. Avoiding face-to-face conversations, declining rewards and choosing not to exchange contacts are part of the conduct to minimise the risk of civilians’ recruitment by secret services, the Donetsk People’s Republic State Security Ministry (MGB) told the Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.

“First of all, you have to avoid the situation where they can isolate you in a room or from the persons accompanying you,” an MGB official said. “In these conditions, foreign secret service agents can put pressure on civilians in interrogation rooms located on the crossing points’ premises.  If you find yourself in such a situation, it is important to understand when your recruitment starts.”

Recruitment might include requests to fill out a form to give your consent to cooperation or assignments to gather information or pass parcels for remuneration. As a rule, this cooperation requires your consent, so you have to deny such offers. The same applies to exchanging phone numbers or email addresses.

“They have no right to detain you for more than three hours, so the pressure on you can mount as the deadline approaches,” the MGB said. ”It is important to remember that it is not recommended to have on you the documents that have to do with DPR government bodies, student cards and even Phoenix sim cards if you’re going to Ukraine. These things can draw more attention from secret services.”

If pressure is put on a person and they are threatened and their rights are violated, the MGB recommends to accept the cooperation proposal, but later on refrain from completing the assignments and report the incident to DPR security bodies. Recruitment attempts can be reported at the crossing point on the contact line. In this case, the person is exempt from prosecution.*jk