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Russia detains a Russian citizen accused of spying for Ukraine in Crimea

November 29, 2019

Military of the Russian Navy in a military act in Sevastopol, in the Crimea – Viktor Korotaev – Archive

The Russian Federal Police (FSB) has arrested a Russian citizen in the city of Sevastopol, on the Crimea, as a suspect of having been spying in favor of Ukraine, Russian news agency Sputnik reported.

“On suspicion of high treason, a Russian citizen was arrested in Sevastopol, recruited by the Ukrainian special services, which collected classified military information on behalf of the General Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense,” the FSB said in a statement .

The FSB has reported that it has opened a criminal investigation for a crime of high treason, which in Russia can be punishable by sentences of up to 20 years in prison. Sevastopol hosts the main base in Crimea of ​​the Russian Fleet in the Black Sea.

The FSB statement does not specify when the alleged Ukrainian spy was arrested, but a spokesman for the Léninski district court in Sevastopol has explained that the arrest warrant was issued on November 27. “He must remain in custody for a period of two months, until January 26, 2020,” he said.

Deputy Dmitri Bélik, a deputy in the Russian lower house on behalf of Sevastopol, said that the detainee is a civilian employee of the Russian Navy Fleet in the Black Sea. The arrest, he said, shows that “a large-scale espionage war is being waged” against Russia.