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Russia Swaps Estonian Intelligence Officer for Ex-Security Official

Sputnik News

14:31 26.09.2015(updated 14:38 26.09.2015)

Estonian intelligence officer Eston Kohver, convicted for espionage in Russia, was exchanged on Saturday for a former Estonian security officer, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On August 19, the regional court of the northwest Russian city of Pskov sentenced Kohver to 15 years in jail. The Estonian Internal Security Service officer was found guilty of espionage, possession of firearms, as well as illegally crossing the state border.

Kohver was detained in September 2014 in Pskov region, bordering Estonia, in possession of recording devices, a pistol and 5,000 euros (over $5,500) in cash and engaged in conducting an undercover operation.

'On September 26, 2015, at a border checkpoint in [Russia's] Pskov region… Estonian security service officer Eston Kohver sentenced for espionage in Russia, was exchanged for Alexei Dressen, a former officer of the Estonian Security Police serving a sentence for confidential data transfer to Russia,' the statement said.

Alexei Dressen was convicted of treason and sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2012 for espionage in favor of the Russian Federal Security Service.


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