British Man Accused Of Spying For Russia To Face Trial At The Old Bailey Next Year

A former security officer who worked at the British embassy in Berlin and has been accused of spying for Russia will face trial at the Old Bailey next year.


David Smith, 57, has been remanded into custody at Belmarsh Prison
David Smith, 57, has been remanded into custody at Belmarsh Prison

57-year-old David Smith is suspected of handing over secret information about the British government to a military attache.



The British man, who was living in Potsdam in the German capital, is accused of collecting information from the embassy and passing it over to someone he thought was a representative of the Russian state, as well as other alleged offences, between October 2020 and August 2021.


David Smith is facing nine separate charges under the Official Secrets Act.


Today, Wednesday, April 13, 2022, David Smith appeared before the Old Bailey via video link from the Belmarsh high-security prison. Wearing blue jeans and a green shirt, Smith spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth before a timetable for the case was set.


Mr Justice Sweeney said a trial would begin on 13 February next year at the Old Bailey. It will be heard by a high court judge and will last up to four weeks.

David Smith, 57, was arrested by German police in August last year
David Smith, 57, was arrested by German police in August last year

A case management and plea hearing has been set for July 29. Following a short hearing, David Smith was remanded into custody.


Last August German police arrested David Smith, and he was extradited to the UK earlier this month.


The charges that have been filed against Smith include attempting "to communicate" by letter with "General Major Sergey Chukhurov, the Russian military attache based out of the Russian embassy, Berlin"


The material that Smith allegedly attempted to communicate "contained details about the activities, identities, addresses and telephone numbers of various members of Her Majesty's civil service".



David Smith allegedly committed acts "prejudicial" to the safety and interest of the state by gathering information classified as "secret" about the "activities of Her Majesty's government".


Smith is accused of "collecting material relating to the operation and layout of the British embassy in Berlin", with that information thought or intended to be "useful to an enemy, namely the Russian state".


He also allegedly made unauthorised photocopies of documents and video recordings of the embassy's CCTV system and "kept sim card packaging" he had been asked to dispose of.


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