Roscosmos chief advisor Safronov indicted on treason ready to testify – attorney

TASS Russian News Agency | Jul 13, 2020 at 5:41 PM

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MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. Advisor to the head of Russia's Roscosmos space agency and former journalist of Kommersant and Vedomosti newspapers Ivan Safronov is ready to give his testimony for the investigation, his defense attorney Ivan Pavlov told TASS.

"He will be ready to testify when the investigation clarifies its charges. We never forego constructive cooperation with law process opponents," he noted.

Pavlov earlier told reporters that the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed that Ivan Safronov had handed over state secret confidential data to Czech intelligence services using a special encryption service.

"According to the FSV version of events, he allegedly used the Internet to hand over classified data via VeraCrypt, an encryption utility," he emphasized.

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.