Safronov has since denied any guilt. He reveals that he was only engaged in journalism and did not have access to the top secret. Accused of trying to use the secret service to make pion, when the truth is hard to catch.
In addition to the twenty-two-year sentence that Safronov has to serve in a penal colony with a strict regime, the court imposed a fine of 500,000 rubles (about 204,000 crowns) on the former adviser to the Russian space agency Roskosmos and the correspondent of the Kommersant and Vedomosti newspapers.
The defense denied the charges. In response to the verdict, she announced that she would appeal against him. We insist on Safronov’s innocence, said lawyer Dmitry Katev. According to him, Safronov received a 22-year sentence for doing his job. Every newspaper in Russia should now think about whether to stay in this profession, added Katev.
Last month, Safronov refused to enter into an agreement with the prosecutors, according to whom he should serve a twelve-year prison sentence. The prosecution gave twenty-two years in prison.
According to the Interfax agency, after the sentencing, Safronov turned to the public and exclaimed: I love you! The nearby newspaper, puzuz and petel rewarded Safronov with applause. Children broke down in tears in response to the verdict, AFP reported.
Bval newspaper Safronov appealed to the court in Russia for detention:
Safronova was arrested in April 2020 by the Russian FSB secret service and accused of treason. The Secret Service claims that in 2012, the newspaper was recruited by the Czech Republic. According to the FSB, Safronov leaked secret information about the supply of Russian weapons to the post-Soviet states, to the Middle East, to Africa and the Balkans, and this information could be used by NATO forces against Russia’s security.
According to the newspaper reporter, he was supposed to give information about the actions of Russian troops in Syria to political scientist Demuri Voronin, who was allegedly sent by the German secret service. According to the tax file, Voronin pays Safronov 248 dollars (about 6,000 crowns) for the services provided. According to the prosecutor’s office, the newspaper was involved in criminal activities because of the reward.