MOSCOW – Russian security services said Tuesday they arrested an employee of an aerospace factory on suspicion of high treason for passing classified defence-related information to Ukraine.
The Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that it detained a Russian suspected of “high treason for transferring data to Ukraine to the detriment of Russia’s security”.
The FSB said the Russian – a resident of the Moscow region – photographed “classified top-secret technical documents”, and sent them via mobile phone to an employee of an aviation factory in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa.
It said the man was taking photographs of equipment from Russia's fighter planes.
The FSB said an investigation has been opened into high treason, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
The employee – the director of the plant – has been detained, it said.
A Moscow court earlier this month jailed a respected former defence reporter, Ivan Safronov, for 22 years on treason charges for divulging state secrets.
He was accused of collecting confidential information about Russian military, defence and security and handing it over to foreign intelligence. AFP, REUTERS