Federal Security Service issues warning to former frontier guard due to attempt to contact CIA
Denis Konstantinov has been warned that criminal case into high treason might be initiated against him. He states he was beaten and demanded to confess of his cooperation with foreign intelligence services.
Krasnodar region’s directorate of the Federal Security Service has grow suspicious at a former employee of the frontier police Denis Konstantinov. He is being suspected of an attempt to contact CIA, reports Kommersant. Konstantinov tried to argue the decision in Krasnodar’s Oktyabrsky district court, however his suit was not accepted.
The Federal Security Service is reported to have warned the former frontier guard of non-allowability of these actions. Due to them, criminal case into high treason might be initiated against him (article 275 of Russia’s Criminal Code). The Security Service assumed Konstantinov was going to render secret data (he learnt during studying and work) to CIA for consideration. Some of the facts constitute state secret.
Konstantinov did not agree with the decision and applied a suit. In his words, a while ago, unknown parties arrived at the fishing boat where he worked. They introduced themselves as employees of the Federal Security Service. They took him to a secluded area and started beating. They wanted him to confess he cooperated with foreign intelligence services.
The attackers allegedly told Konstantinov he had some calls from his phone. After that, in the ex-frontier guard’s words, he was made drink 2 glasses of alcohol and taken to employees of the Patrol-Guard Service. After that, he was arrested for 8 days for “disobedience to police officers.” Konstantinov says he was taken with multiple injuries to the holding cell. However, court found the reports on the tortures had been unproved. Thus, the warning to the ex-frontier guard is legal.
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.