LOn Tuesday, Russian security services said they had arrested a Russian citizen suspected of transferring classified documents to Ukraine, opening a trial for high treason, amid a Russian offensive against its neighbor.
“The FSB discovered that a Russian citizen (engaged in an act) of high treason by sending information to Ukraine to harm the security of the Russian Federation,” the security services said in a statement.
The photos were sent to Ukraine
According to the press release, the unidentified resident, who ran an aircraft factory in the Moscow region, “photographed with a mobile phone pieces of plans for fighter aircraft parts, before sending them to a Ukrainian citizen (…) an employee of an aircraft factory in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa.
The press release indicated that the facts would have happened “when he was the technical director of an aircraft factory and had access to classified documents”.
“High Treason” trial
An investigation into “high treason” has been opened, the FSB said, a crime punishable by the harshest prison sentences in Russia. The suspect was arrested.
After launching its military offensive in Ukraine, Russia has strengthened its legislative arsenal in the face of all dissenting voices in the conflict. Hundreds of Russians accused of “discrediting” the Russian military were prosecuted specifically for criticizing the intervention.
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