Two Lithuanian citizens accused of spying for Russia

The Lithuanian Prosecutor’s Office sent to court the case of two citizens accused of espionage for Russia. About this reported on the agency’s website.

It is alleged that the defendants did not know each other, and the scope of their activities also varies. However, according to the investigation, the same person pushed them to the crime – an employee of the Border Administration FSB of Russia in the Kaliningrad region.

prosecutors claim that one of the accused was recruited in 2014 … He “had to photograph certain objects, collect information about persons transferred to him, participate in certain events, purchase and transfer requested publications, publicly publish certain information and perform other tasks,” the website says.

Another defendant, according to investigators, was recruited in 2016. As the head of a public organization, he allegedly agreed to transmit information about his events to the Russian side, as well as to prepare and publish texts approved by the Russian curator in the Lithuanian media.

In November 2019, an exchange of persons convicted of espionage took place between Russia and Lithuania. As part of the exchange, Russia received two of its citizens – Nikolai Filipchenko and Sergei Moiseenko . In response, Moscow handed over three people – two Lithuanians and a Norwegian Frude Berg , who, according to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, has already been transferred to the Norwegian authorities in Lithuania. The exchange procedure took place at the Lithuanian-Russian border.