In Sweden, the Gothenburg District Court sentenced a 47-year-old man to three years in prison for spying for Russia. informs TV company SVT.
According to the investigation, the convict, who worked as a consultant at Volvo Cars and Scania, transferred secret information about these companies to a Russian intelligence officer for money. Man was detained at the beginning of 2019, during a meeting with a Russian in a restaurant in the center of Stockholm.
SVT clarifies that this is Sweden’s first espionage conviction in 18 years.
According to the Swedish counterintelligence agency, the suspect was recruited by a Russian intelligence officer who worked in the country under “diplomatic cover.”
In 2016, Swedish intelligence reported that at least ten Russian diplomats working in Sweden were working for the Russian intelligence services.