Estonia jails three for spying for Russia

The Tartu District Court in Estonia has convicted three people for crimes against the state.  The Public Prosecutor’s office reported that all three convicts “illegally cooperated with Russian intelligence services”.

According to Interfax, two sentences were passed in October 2015 and the third one was passed last week.

In February, Maxim Gruzdev, a 32-year-old Estonian citizen, was sentenced to four years in prison.  He was recruited in the second half of 2013 in the Pskov region.  Before he was arrested in 2015, he supplied Russian intelligence with information including material relating to the Estonian Internal Security Service (Kapo).

In October 2015, Alexander Rudnev, a 21-year-old citizen of Estonia, was sentenced to two years in prison for cooperating with Russian intelligence services.  Since the spring of 2013, and before being arrested in March 2015, he provided Russian intelligence with information about the work of the Defense Forces in South Estonia, as well as the location of frontier posts and prefectures.

  Estonia, Russia