The Lithuanian Prosecutor’s Office sent to court the case of two citizens accused of spying for Russia. This was reported on the website of the department.
It is alleged that the defendants did not know each other, and their field of activity also varies. However, according to the investigation, they were pushed to the crime by the same person — an employee of the Border Directorate of the FSB of Russia in the Kaliningrad region.
The prosecutor’s office claims 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, acquire and transfer requested publications, publicly publish certain information and perform other tasks,” the website says.
Another defendant, investigators say, 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 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 Frode Berg, who, according to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, had already been handed over to the Norwegian authorities in Lithuania. The exchange procedure took place at the Lithuanian-Russian border.