Sweden costs man with spying for Russia

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Unidentified 47-year-old alleged to have handed over data to Russia for a number of years in return for cash.

Sweden has charged a 47-year-old man with spying for Russia by promoting data for a number of years to a Russian diplomat.

Prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist stated in an announcement on Monday that the unidentified man had labored as a advisor at a number of Swedish firms the place he had illegally obtained and bought data, inserting the nation’s safety in danger.

“While a consultant at his former workplaces, I allege that he obtained material with the purpose of providing information to a foreign power, in this case, Russia,” stated Ljungqvist.

“The man was apprehended whilst meeting a Russian diplomat where he had just received 27,800 Swedish crowns [$3,360] from the diplomat.”

‘A lengthy sentence’

The prosecution alleged that the person illegally transferred materials from his work pc to his non-public pc and thereafter to USB sticks.

To cover his actions from being logged, he additionally photographed materials from the display of his work pc, it stated.

Ljungqvist stated the suspect may anticipate “a lengthy sentence” if convicted.

In Sweden, the utmost penalty is for espionage is six years.

In a separate assertion, the pinnacle of Sweden’s home safety company’s counter-espionage unit, Daniel Stenling, stated “attacks on Sweden from other countries have been broadened and deepened in recent years”.

“They are aimed not least at our economic prosperity and our fundamental freedoms and rights. In the last year alone the [service] has investigated both assassination attempts and illegal intelligence activities, and also espionage,” he stated.

The incident comes simply weeks after Germany, Poland and Sweden expelled an worker of Russia’s embassy in every nation.

The February eight expulsion was a coordinated tit-for-tat response to Moscow’s expulsion of a diplomat every from Germany, Poland and Sweden.

Ties between Russia and the European Union have worsened over Russian opposition chief Alexey Navalny’s arrest and jailing in current weeks, which have sparked nationwide opposition protests.

Navalny was arrested in Moscow upon his return on January 17 from Germany, the place he had obtained remedy after his alleged poisoning in Russia.

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