(Bloomberg) -- Russia's Federal security provider, the leading successor company to the Soviet-era KGB, charged a well known former journalist with treason as protests together with representatives of state media gathered pace.
Ivan Safronov, who regularly broke information on delicate hands deals while working for the Kommersant newspaper over a great deal of the previous decade, denies the accusations against him, his attorney Ivan Pavlov stated Monday. Safronov left journalism earlier this year and worked as an aide to the top of Russia's state area agency considering that can also.
Investigators allege that Safronov, who turned into detained about every week ago, passed classified advice to Czech intelligence that Prague then handed on to the U.S., in accordance with his legal professional. The expenses contain no particulars about any remuneration or to whom precisely he allegedly provided the substances, Tass reported, citing Pavlov.
Safronov's prosecution is the newest in an escalating number of espionage circumstances during the past decade and has ended in an outcry within the Russian media. Police detained several journalists Monday for demonstrating backyard the Lefortovo penal complex the place he's being held, following an identical protests last week as journalists denounced the prices in opposition t their former colleague and known as for an open and transparent investigation. The FSB, as the safety provider is normal, hasn't publicly presented proof and espionage trials are held in the back of closed doorways.
contributors of the pool of journalists who cowl President Vladimir Putin, including from state information provider Tass and professional newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, released a video assisting Safronov and stressful the intelligence features make public their proof. Safronov had spent a couple of years within the Kremlin pool.© Bloomberg becoming Crackdown
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