According to the intelligence service, the Russian was transferring information abroad that “could be used against the security” of Russia. A criminal case has been initiated on treason
The FSB detained a Russian in Krasnodar on suspicion of passing information to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), RBC reported at the Public Relations Center (CSP) of the special services.
According to the FSB, the detainee— SBU agent. He acted under the pseudonym Archie, “carried out the initiative collection and transmission of information”; Ukrainian side. On instructions from the SBU, he “illegally received and transferred abroad information that could be used against the security of the Russian Federation,” the FSB said.
A criminal case was initiated under Art. 275 of the Criminal Code (treason), the detainee faces up to 20 years in prison.
After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, Russian citizens were repeatedly detained on suspicion of assisting Kyiv. On February 28, the FSB urged Russians to report contacts with persons whom the Ukrainian special services could use to conduct activities against Russia's security.
In late March, the FSB detained a Russian in Crimea who allegedly worked for the SBU. The secret service announced a check on the involvement of the detainee in treason and espionage (Article 276 of the Criminal Code). In the same month, for “an attempt at an initiative transfer” secret information to the special services of Ukraine detained a resident of Khabarovsk.
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In July, President Vladimir Putin signed a law expanding the concept of espionage (now it will mean the transfer, collection, kidnapping or storage for “transfer to the enemy” of data that can be used against the Russian army), equating to treason, going over to the side of the enemy in the conditions of hostilities and toughening the punishment for mercenarism (Article 359 of the Criminal Code).