Man jailed in Sweden over spying for Russia: Dimitrievski accused of selling info of Scania and Volvo vehicles

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Canan Kevser
16 September 2021, 12:51
Canan Kevser
16 September 2021, 12:51

A Swedish court has sentenced a man to three years in prison on Wednesday for spying for Russia by handing over confidential information to a Russian diplomat in return for money over several years.

The nationality of the 47-year-old man, identified as Kristian Dimitrievski, was not specified in court papers.

He was accused of selling information of Scania and Volvo

He had been charged with delivering sensitive corporate information about the Swedish truck and bus maker Scania.

The Goteborg District Court had also accused him of selling information on the Chinese-owned Swedish car manufacturer Volvo Cars.

“The district court has concluded that the man copied secret information from both Volvo and Scania ... that he then handed over to the Russian embassy official, and that he was fully aware that the information he provided would benefit Russia,” the court said in a statement.

The first espionage trial in Sweden for almost two decades

Prosecutors said the 47-year-old man’s actions could have compromised Sweden’s national security.

It was the first espionage trial in Sweden for 18 years, according to public television.

Dimitrievski had arrested in 2019

The court verdict said that in 2016 Dimitrievski got in touch with a Russian embassy official, and the two began to meet with some regularity.

The man was arrested in February 2019 while dining at a restaurant in central Stockholm with the Russian diplomat suspected of being an intelligence officer. The diplomat was briefly detained but released because of his diplomatic immunity.

Received $3,200 for transferring info with USB drives

At the time of his arrest, he had just received 27,800 kronor ($3,200, 2,700 euros) for passing information to Moscow, prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist said in February. The court found he had copied "secret information" from Scania, which he had transferred to USB drives and handed to a Russian embassy worker.