Estonian 'resident' sentenced to 11 years in Russia for spying

This represents the latest in a series of spy cases involving Russia and the Baltic states, former Soviet republics turned NATO and EU members increasingly wary of Moscow's intentions following its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Estonian 'resident' sentenced to 11 years in Russia for spying

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russia has sentenced an Estonian 'resident' to 11 years in prison for allegedly spying for the Baltic state, Russia's FSB security service said Thursday.

The FSB said Arsen Mardaleishvili  had confessed to handing the Estonian Interior Ministry's "state secrets" regarding military "units and formations" in western Russia. 

Mardaleishvili, described as an "Estonian resident" who does not have Estonian nationality, allegedly received "financial reward" in exchange for the information, the FSB said, without specifying how he had obtained the state secrets. 

In September 2015 Russia freed Estonian officer Eston Kohver who was being held for spying in a Cold War-style bridge swap between the two countries. 

Kohver, who was sentenced by Russia to 15 years in jail on espionage and other charges, was exchanged for Aleksei Dressen, a former Estonian security official serving a 16-year sentence for spying for Moscow, the FSB had said at the time.

Russia's relations with the West have hit their lowest point since the Cold War over the conflict in Ukraine, leading to a spike in spying claims.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Nisan 2017, 19:43