Russia detains Aeroflot executive on suspicion of passing secrets to Britain – Russian news agencies




MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian security services have detained a London-based executive of flagship airline Aeroflot (MM:) on suspicion of passing state secrets to Britain, Russian news agencies reported, citing sources.

The TASS and RIA news agencies named the executive on Thursday as Dmitry Fedotkin and said he denied any wrongdoing.

Fedotkin’s profile on the Linkedin website says he has been Aeroflot’s station manager in Britain for the last five years and was the airline’s UK country manager for almost three years before that.

One unnamed Russian source was cited by Russian news agencies as saying Fedotkin had passed secrets pertaining to Russia’s social and political situation to Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence service, but did not have access to state secrets linked to the aviation industry.

Aeroflot said it did not have any information about the case, while the British embassy in Moscow referred questions to Russian authorities.

Records from Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court show it opened a state treason case against an individual named D.A. Fedotkin on Wednesday.

If convicted of high treason, he could face up to 20 years in jail.

Relations between London and Moscow sank to a post-Cold War low over the 2018 poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence operative who betrayed Russian agents to MI6.

Russia periodically detains soldiers, scientists and state employees on suspicion of passing state secrets to foreign countries.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) last month detained a serviceman and his brother in western Russia for having allegedly passed state secrets to Estonia.

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

READ  2020 candidate O'Rourke not sharing fundraising numbers yet

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.





READ SOURCE

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here