Ex-police officer convicted for high treason opened up about cooperation with CIA

Ex-police officer convicted for high treason opened up about cooperation with CIA
Yevgeny Chistov Photo: Meduza

According to Yevgeny Chistov, he decided to cooperate with the American security services out of dislike for the Russian authorities.

Former Moscow region police officer Yevgeny Chistov, convicted in 2015 for high treason, told Meduza about his work for the CIA and participation in the Donbas war. According to Chistov, he acted out of dislike for the Russian authorities.

The ex-policeman said he decided to cooperate with the CIA in 2011 because of the desire to "change the situation in Russia." For three years, Chistov has been collecting information about the Interior Ministry, the FSB, the Ministry of Defense and the Foreign Intelligence Service for the US intelligence agency.

In May 2014, Chistov resigned from the police dispatch center, because he realized that he had given the CIA all the information he could obtain. In the summer, he went to war in the Donbas, where he infiltrated the supporters of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics and fed the USA with information about the conflict.

In August, having participated in several battles, Chistov returned to Moscow. There he learned that the FSB was aware of his work. In September 2014, the ex-police officer was supposed to fly to Thailand to escape from there to the USA, but he was detained.

The detained ex-police officer was taken to Lefortovo detention center, where he stayed until March 2016. Chistov called the remand prison "hell on earth." In November 2015, he was sentenced to 13 years' incarceration. He is serving the sentence in a correctional colony in the Nizhny Novgorod region.

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