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Foreigner suspected of spying for Russia arrested in Poland


A court in the Polish city of Gdansk has arrested a foreign citizen suspected of spying for Russia. On this subject informed Polskie Radio with reference to the representative of the district prosecutor’s office Grazyna Vavryniuk.

According to the prosecution, the suspect has been in Poland since January. He was arrested on March 21.

“The suspect acted in the interests of the Russian intelligence services, receiving and collecting information, including on the critical infrastructure of the Pomeranian and Kuyavian-Pomorsk voivodeships, on the activities of security services and bodies. The man passed on the information he received to Russian intelligence,” Vavrinyuk said.

According to her, during his interrogation, the detainee, who faces up to 10 years in prison, confessed. The court sent him into custody for three months. The suspect’s name and nationality have not been released.

Vavrinyuk said that in total, the prosecutor’s office has several cases related to charges of working for Russian and Belarusian intelligence services.

In February, the Gdansk prosecutor’s office informed , who accused a Russian citizen of spying. According to investigators, the accused has been working for the Russian secret service since 2015. In Poland, he engaged in legal business activities, and also participated in the historical and reenactment movement, through which he established contacts with the Polish army.

“He used these contacts to collect information related to the deployment of military units, equipment, weapons, communications, as well as cooperation between individual units,” the prosecutor’s office said.

The Russian was also charged with corruption offenses related to the clearance of goods.

In mid-February, a London court sentenced David Smith, a former security guard at the British Embassy in Berlin, to 13 years and two months in prison, convicted of spying on behalf of Russia. The court found that Smith had copied a “significant amount” of confidential information since 2018, and in 2020 began transferring it to the military attache at the Russian Embassy in exchange for money. Among those documents were letters from ministers to former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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