Russian CIA spy convicted

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Russian CIA spy convicted in Bryansk

Russia’s Federal Security Service announced the court’s decision to try to sell intelligence data to Americans on weapons used in Russia’s Northern Fleet. The Bryanka court convicted the accused Russian citizen.

According to an FSB press release on Friday, the court found that Russian national Yuri Yeshchenko had committed treason and sentenced him to 13 years in a maximum security prison.

Yeshchenko was an employee of a defense industry company involved in the operation of electronic systems on ships of the Northern Fleet. The man worked in Severomorsk, where the naval base is located, where the units of the Northern Fleet are stationed.

As established by the investigation, the man decided to sell information to the US side on “promising developments” in the Russian defense industry. In 2015-17, he “purposely copied” documents and, in early 2019, “for selfish reasons” contacted the CIA. He was captured in July 2019.

According to the FSB, Yeshchenko was arrested while trying to transfer secret data. This happened in the Bryansk region, which borders Ukraine and Belarus. The suspect pleaded guilty and repented.

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