Moscow Court Sentences Russian Journalist To 22 Years In Prison For Treason

Moscow City Court has sentenced Russian journalist Ivan Safronov to 22 years in prison for the charge of treason.

Ivan Safronov was sentenced to 22 years behind bars at Moscow City Court
Ivan Safronov was sentenced to 22 years behind bars at Moscow City Court

Today, Monday 5 September, Russia has sentenced Russian journalist Ivan Safronov to 22 years after the Federal Security Service (FSB) alleged he had passed secret information to western intelligence agencies.

The information Safronov was accused of sharing with the west related to Russia's military-technical cooperation with other countries and space intelligence.

Many supporters of Safronov claimed that the information he was being accused of sharing was already in the public domain, on Wikipedia, and in Russian state-run media.



The BBC said that the criminal case launched against Safronov related to a publication in Russian newspaper Kommersant in 2019.


In the article he spoke of deliveries of Su-35 planes being delivered to Egypt, which triggered Egypt to request Moscow to "take steps to deny" the news, leading to Safronov being placed under surveillance for treason.


Shortly before the sentencing verdict, prosecutor Elvira Zotchik had reportedly offered Safronov a plea deal in exchange for a 12-year sentence. He refused the deal and was sentenced to 22 years behind bars.


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