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Russia charges ex-scribe Ivan Safronov with treason

Russia charges ex-scribe Ivan Safronov with treason

DPA
Moscow
Russian authorities charged former journalist and space agency Roscosmos adviser Ivan Safronov on Monday with treason on suspicion of having spied for a NATO member state.
State media reported that at least 15 people were detained during a protest in support of Safronov outside the Moscow detention facility where he has been kept in custody. Safronov, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, has attested that he is innocent.
Safronov is alleged to have collected secret Russian military information regarding the Middle East and Africa for the Czech Republic, with the United States being a recipient of that information, state media reported.
Safronov’s lawyer Ivan Pavlov has denounced the case as politically motivated in connection with the journalist’s hard-hitting reporting.
“No evidence has been presented” to Safronov’s legal team, Pavlov said in an interview with the radio station Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow). “The investigators didn’t explain anything to us.”