Ivan Safronovich: Maxim Blinov / RIA Novosti
The head of the investigation group of the FSB Alexander Shepherd promised after the completion of the investigation, to disclose to the adviser of the head of “Roskosmos” and the journalist Ivan Safronov details of the accusations against him of treason. About it reports “Kommersant”.
According to the publication, lawyers on behalf of his client sent to the investigator the petition with a request to clarify the following questions: when exactly during 2017, and under what circumstances Safronov was recruited by the Czech intelligence service, what tasks he performed, from whom he received these tasks, what information he gathered and how they were transferred and what selfish motives he was guided.
The investigator Shepherd refused to answer Safronov and his lawyers to these questions, explaining that this information is contained in the materials of the criminal case, and to review it will be possible only after the completion of the investigation, which will take about a year and a half.
Defender Ivan Pavlov believes that in conditions of such secrecy of the investigation and that no information was to protect the accused almost impossible.
The only thing the investigation uncovered is the fact that “collected and transferred Safronov I. I. information in the media, including on websites www.kommersant.ru and www.vedomosti.ru was not published. Thus, the investigator pointed to the lack of connection between the alleged criminal activity Safronov with his “job as a correspondent”.
On 28 July it became known that Safronov refused to deal with the investigation. The investigator suggested the journalist to disclose the sources of information fully to plead guilty in exchange for lenient punishment — not more than two thirds of the maximum punishment — 10 years.
Currently Safronov is one in a special cell of the SIZO “Lefortovo”, where he was transferred in connection with a suspected COVID-19. There he will stay until obtaining a test result for coronavirus.
Safronov was detained on July 7 and arrested for two months. The FSB claim that he was recruited in 2012 by the Czech secret service, on the instructions of which he allegedly gave it to the representative in 2017 information constituting a state secret. Safronov pleaded not guilty.
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