September 27, 2022

Safronov’s supporters say the case is payback for reporting that uncovered particulars of Russia’s worldwide arms gross sales.

A Russian court docket has sentenced ex-journalist Ivan Safronov to 22 years in a penal colony after discovering him responsible of treason.

Safronov, 32, a former defence reporter for the Kommersant and Vedomosti newspapers turned adviser to the pinnacle of Russia’s area company, was arrested in 2020 and accused of revealing labeled info.

Safronov’s legal professionals advised the RIA Novosti information company they may attraction Monday’s verdict.

His supporters say the case is retribution for his reporting, which uncovered particulars of Russia’s worldwide arms offers.

“Everyone who’s near Safronov believes the cost of treason is absurd,” journalist Katerina Gordeeva stated after interviewing his mom, sister and former colleagues for a documentary in regards to the case.

Ivan Safronov on video link
Safronov strongly denied the treason prices and claimed it was all open supply info [Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters]

Forward of the sentencing, the European Union known as on Russia to drop all prices in opposition to Safronov and launch him unconditionally.

Prosecutors stated Safronov shared state secrets and techniques about Russia’s arms gross sales within the Center East to the Czech Republic’s international intelligence arm.

He has denied the costs all through and final month rejected a plea deal that will have seen him serve a 12-year jail sentence.

Safronov strongly denied the costs and stated that the data he’s alleged to have handed to the Czech Republic was all open-source public info.

‘State secrets and techniques’

Throughout the trial his authorized group printed hyperlinks to 19 printed articles and authorities statements that prosecutors declare represent the “state secrets and techniques” Safronov is alleged to have handed to Czech international intelligence.

“Ivan by no means despatched any secret info wherever – for cash or at no cost. All of the prosecution’s witnesses acknowledged in court docket that he was not engaged in felony exercise. He was an strange journalist, truthfully doing his job,” his legal professionals stated in a press release.

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