FSB finds no classified data in Ivan Safronov’s publications – attorney

TASS Russian News Agency | Jul 13, 2020 at 5:07 PM

MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) specialists found no traces of classified data in publications of the former Kommersant and Vedomosti journalist and advisor to Roscosmos CEO Ivan Safronov, accused of treason, says his attorney Ivan Pavlov.

"The specialists from the FSB's Institute of Forensics analyzed Safronov's publications and announced that they found no signs of disclosure of state secrets. But a journalist may not necessarily publish all data he possesses. But this does not mean that unpublished materials contain classified data, too," he said.

According to the attorney, the investigation still has not specified his client's charges.

"If the investigation says that he handed over something to foreign intelligence in 2017, the should show what it was. We have not seen it so far. We have not seen it today," Pavlov said.

He disclosed that, according to the investigation, Safronov used a VeraCrypt encryption system.

Ivan Safronov, an advisor to the Roscosmos chief, was detained by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) on July 7 on suspicion of treason. Moscow's Lefortovo court placed him in custody until September 6. Safronov is facing up to 20 years in prison if found guilty. The FSB says that Safronov was recruited in 2012 and in 2017 he provided the Czech intelligence agencies with information about Russian arms supplies to the Middle East and Africa. The information was later passed on to the US counterparts, according to the case materials.

He worked for Kommersant newspaper until May 2019; in July 2019 he joined Vedomosti. Safronov was employed as the Roscosmos advisor on June 18, 2020.