A Swedish courtroom has launched a Russia-born Swedish citizen charged with amassing data for Russia’s army intelligence service for nearly a decade
STOCKHOLM — A Swedish courtroom on Monday launched a Russia-born Swedish citizen charged with amassing data for Russia’s army intelligence service, the GRU, for nearly a decade.
Sergey Skvortsov, 60, is accused of “gross unlawful intelligence actions towards Sweden and towards a international energy,” specifically the US.
Forward of a verdict in his trial, which ended Sept. 28, Skvortsov was launched with the Stockholm District Courtroom saying that “there is no such thing as a longer cause to maintain the defendant in custody.” The decision is due Oct. 26.
He was arrested in November collectively together with his spouse in a predawn operation in Nacka, outdoors Stockholm. Swedish media reported that elite police rappelled from two Black Hawk helicopters to arrest the couple.
Skvortsov has been in custody since his arrest and denies any wrongdoing. His spouse was launched with out cost following an investigation by Sweden’s safety company.
Swedish information company TT mentioned Monday that the prosecutor instructed the courtroom that Skvortsov obtained data by way of two firms about objects that Russia can’t in any other case purchase as a result of export rules and sanctions.
He then helped to purchase and transport the products, deceptive suppliers by offering false or deceptive data and appearing below false identities, TT wrote.
The prosecution is in search of a 5-year jail sentence for Skvortsov.