The Lithuanian prosecutor’s office sent to court the case of two citizens accused of spying for Russia. This is reported on the website of the agency.
It is alleged that the accused were not acquainted with each other, and the scope of their activities also differs. However, according to investigators, they were pushed to the crime by one and the same person – an employee of the Border Department of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Kaliningrad region.
The prosecutor’s office claims that one of the accused was recruited in 2014. He “was to photograph certain objects, collect information about persons handed over to him, participate in certain events, acquire and transmit requested publications, publicly publish certain information and perform other tasks,” the website says.
Another defendant, investigators say, was recruited in 2016. As head of a certain public organization, he allegedly agreed to transmit information about his events to the Russian side and to prepare and publish texts approved by the Russian handler in Lithuanian media.
In November 2019, Russia and Lithuania exchanged persons convicted of espionage. As part of the exchange, Russia received two of its citizens, Nikolai Filipchenko and Sergei Moiseenko. In return, Moscow handed over three people – two Lithuanians and a Norwegian, Frode Berg, who, according to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Sulberg, had already been handed over to Norwegian authorities on Lithuanian territory. The exchange procedure took place on the Lithuanian-Russian border.