A public relations advisor to the head of the Russian Space Agency “Roscosmos” was arrested on charges of treason, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday.
The report indicated that the arrested advisor is Ivan Safronov, and he worked as a journalist for the prominent newspapers “Kommersant” and “Vedomosti”, and he took over as media policy advisor to Dmitry Rogozin, President of Roskosmos only two months ago.
The report pointed out that the issue “may be related to his previous journalistic work and publications on the army”.
Roscosmos also confirmed that the issue is not related to Safronov’s work at the Space Agency.
Safronov was forced to leave the Kommersant newspaper last year after an article in which he claimed that the President of the Council of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko would soon leave her position to become the President of the Russian Pension Fund.
In the same context, the Russian Federal Security Service announced that the advisor, who was arrested today, is suspected of transferring secret information to NATO.
“The advisor to the Director General of the Russian Space Agency “Roscosmos”, Ivan Safronov, was arrested in Moscow,” the Russian Federal Security Service statement said.
Safronov was entrusted with the tasks of a NATO intelligence agency, collecting and handing over state secrets related to military technical cooperation, defense and security in Russia to the agency’s representative”.
It is worth noting that treason is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in Russia.