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Russian Ex-Journalist Arrested for Sharing State Secrets

“THERE IS NO GREATER AGONY THAN BEARING AN UNTOLD STORY INSIDE YOU”

-MAYA ANGELOU


IVAN SAFRONOV IS A 51-YEAR OLD RUSSIAN NATIONAL AND WAS A JOURNALIST UNTIL MAY 2020, WHEN HE STARTED WORKING FOR A RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY- ROSCOMOS

IVAN SAFRONOV WAS A WELL KNOWN JOUNALIST WHO USED TO WRITE ABOUT SENSITIVE MILLITARY AND SPACE ISSUES FOR KOMMERSANT, A RUSSIAN NEWSPAPER.

RUSSIA'S SECRET POLICE (FSB) ARRESTED IVAN ON THE SUSPICION THAT HE WAS SPYING FOR CZECH REPUBLIC AND SENDING THEM SECRET INFORMATION ABOUT RUSSIA’S DEFENCE. IT WAS ALLEGEDLY PASSED ON FROM CZECH REPUBLIC TO THE UNITED STATES. 

THIS SECRET INFORMATION WAS REPORTEDLY REGARDING THE SALE OF RUSSIAN SUKHOI SU-35 FIGHTER JETS TO EGYPT. AND, THE UNITED STATES WENT ON TO SAY THAT THEY WOULD IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON EGYPT IF THEY WENT AHEAD WITH THE DEAL.

ON TUESDAY, IVAN’S FRIEND, TAISIYA BELBULATOVA WAS BROUGHT IN AS A WITNESS FOR QUESTIONING, AND HER FLAT WAS RAIDED. SHE SAID THAT HER LAPTOP AND SOME OTHER TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT WAS CONFISCATED AS WELL.

IVAN SAFRONOV, IF CONVICTED (FOUND GUILTY), WILL FACE 20 YEARS IN PRISON.

7,500 PEOPLE INCLUDING JOURNALISTS HAVE SIGNED A PETITION FOR THE DECLASSIFICATION OF THE CASE AND ALL ALLEGATIONS OF TREASON  MADE PUBLIC.

IN A COURT SESSION CONDUCTED BEHIND CLOSE DOORS, IVAN DENIED THESE ALLEGATIONS AND EXCERCISED HIS RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.


Reporter : Pranav M

Bangalore, India | epicenter.newsmedia@gmail.com

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