FSB detains 23-year-old Russian man suspected of assisting Ukrainian intelligence services

Russia’s domestic intelligence agency has detained a 23-year-old resident of the eastern Siberia city of Angarsk on suspicion of involvement in collecting data for Ukrainian intelligence, Russian state news agency TASS reported on Wednesday, citing the Federal Security Service (FSB).

According to the FSB, an employee of a local industrial enterprise collected data and photos that he planned to pass on to the Ukrainian intelligence agency.

A criminal case has been opened against the man on charges of cooperating with a foreign state on a confidential basis.

The FSB also claims that the suspect distributed leaflets “discrediting the Russian army” on orders from Ukraine’s intelligence agency.

In June, the FSB announced it had detained a resident of central Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region suspected of collaborating with Ukraine’s special services. The man had wanted to enlist to fight for Ukraine, the FSB claimed. He was detained on 5 May, after which the court sent him to a pre-trial detention centre.

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