Inteligencia y Seguridad Frente Externo En Profundidad Economia y Finanzas Transparencia
  En Parrilla Medio Ambiente Sociedad High Tech Contacto
Inteligencia y Seguridad  
 
29/05/2023 | Albanian court releases Russian and Ukrainian bloggers suspected of espionage

Joseph Fitsanakis

Albanian authorities said the three foreigners had been arrested while attempting to enter the Gramsh military installation, a defunct small-arms factory, which is located 50 miles south of the Albanian capital Tirana.

 

A COURT IN ALBANIA has ordered the release from prison of two Russians and one Ukrainian national, who were arrested nearly last August on suspicion of carrying out military espionage. On August 20, 2022, Albania announced the arrests of Russian nationals Svetlana Timofeeva and Mikhail Zorin. Arrested alongside the two Russians was a Ukrainian citizen, who was identified in media reports as Fedir Alpatov.

Albanian authorities said the three foreigners had been arrested while attempting to enter the Gramsh military installation, a defunct small-arms factory, which is located 50 miles south of the Albanian capital Tirana. During the Cold War, the Gramsh factory specialized in producing Soviet-designed AK-47 assault rifles. After the collapse of Albania’s communist system in the early 1990s, the factory was turned into a storage facility and was subsequently used to deactivate and decommission expired munitions.

Following their arrest, the three foreign nationals said they were “urban explorers” who engaged in “industrial tourism”, a type of travel that centers on entering and photographing dilapidated industrial facilities around the world. Soon after her arrest was announced, the United States government-funded Radio Free Europe (RFE) confirmed that Timofeeva, was indeed “one of Russia’s most famous urban explorers”. According to RFE, Timofeeva, 34, was known under the nom de guerre “Lana Sator” and maintained an Instagram page that was followed by over 250,000 users.

The plot thickened in March of this year, when Timofeeva, while still in detention, applied for political asylum in Albania. It emerged that Timofeeva was wanted by the Russian government on charges of “illegally obtaining information constituting a state secret”. In February of this year, the Ministry of Justice of Albania approved a request by Moscow to extradite Timofeeva to Russia, in order to face espionage charges. However, this decision was later overturned by an Albanian judge, a development that reportedly angered Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Timofeeva’s lawyers argued that she had openly opposed the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and had voiced public criticism of President Putin. As a result, Timofeeva had left Russia and had been living in exile in Georgia at the time of her arrest. Some observers, however, suspected that at least one of those arrested had links to Russian intelligence. It was reported that Zorin had admitted being an informant for the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). However, the precise conditions under which Zorin’s alleged admission was made are not known.

In a statement released to the media last week, Albania’s Elbasan Trial Court said that, even though Timofeeva, Zorin and Alpatov would be released from detention, the investigation against them on suspicion of espionage would continue for the time being.

Intelnews.org (Estados Unidos)

 



Otras Notas del Autor
fecha
Título
08/06/2024|
05/06/2024|
29/04/2024|
22/04/2024|
25/03/2024|
04/03/2024|
26/02/2024|
18/02/2024|
12/02/2024|
05/02/2024|
15/01/2024|
08/01/2024|
03/01/2024|
01/01/2024|
19/12/2023|
11/12/2023|
04/12/2023|
23/11/2023|
14/11/2023|
06/11/2023|
30/10/2023|
25/10/2023|
23/10/2023|
09/10/2023|
02/10/2023|
19/09/2023|
12/09/2023|
01/09/2023|
28/08/2023|
23/08/2023|
21/08/2023|
16/08/2023|
14/08/2023|
10/08/2023|
07/08/2023|
31/07/2023|
12/07/2023|
11/07/2023|
03/07/2023|
28/06/2023|
25/06/2023|
21/06/2023|
19/06/2023|
12/06/2023|
08/06/2023|
06/06/2023|
05/06/2023|
02/06/2023|
24/05/2023|
18/05/2023|
16/05/2023|
13/05/2023|
11/05/2023|
08/05/2023|
05/05/2023|
04/05/2023|
01/05/2023|
18/04/2023|
17/04/2023|
10/04/2023|
03/04/2023|
27/03/2023|
20/03/2023|
17/03/2023|
15/03/2023|
13/03/2023|
08/03/2023|
07/03/2023|
27/02/2023|
21/02/2023|
20/02/2023|
14/02/2023|
13/02/2023|
06/02/2023|
04/02/2023|
01/02/2023|
30/01/2023|
24/01/2023|
18/01/2023|
16/01/2023|
11/01/2023|
10/01/2023|
08/01/2023|
05/01/2023|
03/01/2023|
02/01/2023|
13/12/2022|
05/12/2022|
28/11/2022|
15/11/2022|
08/11/2022|
31/10/2022|
21/10/2022|
17/10/2022|
10/10/2022|
04/10/2022|
26/09/2022|
19/09/2022|
12/09/2022|
05/09/2022|
26/08/2022|
21/08/2022|
08/08/2022|
05/08/2022|
03/08/2022|
28/07/2022|
25/07/2022|
21/07/2022|
14/07/2022|
12/07/2022|
09/07/2022|
22/06/2022|
13/06/2022|
25/05/2022|
16/05/2022|
12/05/2022|
06/05/2022|
05/05/2022|
02/05/2022|
25/04/2022|
23/04/2022|
21/04/2022|
14/04/2022|
13/04/2022|
08/04/2022|
31/03/2022|
28/03/2022|
25/03/2022|
24/03/2022|
21/03/2022|
15/03/2022|
14/03/2022|
12/03/2022|
04/03/2022|
01/03/2022|
27/02/2022|
25/02/2022|
24/02/2022|
23/02/2022|
21/02/2022|
14/02/2022|
10/02/2022|
08/02/2022|
07/02/2022|
04/02/2022|
01/02/2022|
31/01/2022|
28/01/2022|
26/01/2022|
25/01/2022|
24/01/2022|
23/01/2022|
21/01/2022|
14/01/2022|
12/01/2022|
11/01/2022|
10/01/2022|
07/01/2022|
05/01/2022|
03/01/2022|
30/12/2021|
23/12/2021|
22/12/2021|
21/12/2021|
20/12/2021|
16/12/2021|
14/12/2021|
11/12/2021|
09/12/2021|
04/12/2021|
02/12/2021|
01/12/2021|
29/11/2021|
21/11/2021|
19/11/2021|
16/11/2021|
15/11/2021|
11/11/2021|
10/11/2021|
08/11/2021|
06/11/2021|
05/11/2021|
01/11/2021|
30/10/2021|
28/10/2021|
27/10/2021|
26/10/2021|
20/07/2021|
19/07/2021|
18/07/2021|
15/07/2021|
13/07/2021|
10/07/2021|
07/07/2021|
05/07/2021|
04/07/2021|
01/07/2021|
29/06/2021|
28/06/2021|
24/06/2021|
23/06/2021|
22/06/2021|
15/06/2021|
13/06/2021|
12/06/2021|
08/06/2021|
07/06/2021|
04/06/2021|
03/06/2021|
01/06/2021|
28/05/2021|
27/05/2021|
26/03/2021|
25/03/2021|
23/03/2021|
21/03/2021|
15/03/2021|
10/03/2021|
09/03/2021|
10/12/2020|
09/12/2020|
07/12/2020|
03/12/2020|
02/12/2020|
30/11/2020|
25/11/2020|
23/11/2020|
20/11/2020|
19/11/2020|
29/10/2020|
27/10/2020|
22/10/2020|
21/10/2020|
17/10/2020|
14/10/2020|
12/10/2020|
09/10/2020|
07/10/2020|
03/10/2020|
25/09/2020|
23/09/2020|
21/09/2020|
19/09/2020|
18/09/2020|
15/09/2020|
14/09/2020|
07/09/2020|
05/09/2020|
01/09/2020|
30/08/2020|
27/08/2020|
27/08/2020|
24/08/2020|
20/08/2020|
19/08/2020|
14/08/2020|
13/08/2020|
11/08/2020|
10/08/2020|
09/08/2020|
08/08/2020|
06/08/2020|
05/08/2020|
04/08/2020|
02/08/2020|
30/07/2020|
28/07/2020|
22/07/2020|
21/07/2020|
20/07/2020|
18/07/2020|
17/07/2020|
14/07/2020|
12/07/2020|
11/07/2020|
09/07/2020|
08/07/2020|
05/07/2020|
01/07/2020|
29/06/2020|
25/06/2020|
23/06/2020|
21/06/2020|
19/06/2020|
17/06/2020|
16/06/2020|
09/06/2020|
07/06/2020|
03/06/2020|
31/05/2020|
30/05/2020|
29/05/2020|
27/05/2020|
22/05/2020|
19/05/2020|
17/05/2020|
12/05/2020|
11/05/2020|
09/05/2020|
07/05/2020|
04/05/2020|
02/05/2020|
28/04/2020|
08/03/2020|
06/03/2020|
04/03/2020|
21/02/2020|
19/02/2020|
14/02/2020|
13/02/2020|
07/02/2020|
06/02/2020|
06/02/2020|
23/01/2020|
18/01/2020|
16/01/2020|
07/01/2020|
05/01/2020|
03/01/2020|
23/12/2019|
20/12/2019|
16/12/2019|
15/12/2019|
14/12/2019|
12/12/2019|
11/12/2019|
10/12/2019|
08/12/2019|
25/11/2019|
23/11/2019|
22/11/2019|
18/11/2019|
15/11/2019|
12/11/2019|
11/11/2019|
10/11/2019|
09/11/2019|
08/11/2019|
07/11/2019|
06/11/2019|
28/10/2019|
24/10/2019|
23/10/2019|
21/10/2019|
20/10/2019|
19/10/2019|
18/10/2019|
17/10/2019|
16/10/2019|
15/10/2019|
15/10/2019|
13/10/2019|
03/10/2019|
01/10/2019|
30/09/2019|
29/09/2019|
18/09/2019|
16/09/2019|
15/09/2019|
14/09/2019|
11/09/2019|
10/09/2019|
07/09/2019|
05/09/2019|
01/09/2019|
31/08/2019|
30/08/2019|
29/08/2019|
24/08/2019|
23/08/2019|
22/08/2019|
20/08/2019|
19/08/2019|
18/08/2019|
17/08/2019|
13/08/2019|
11/08/2019|
10/08/2019|
09/08/2019|
02/08/2019|
31/07/2019|
30/07/2019|
29/07/2019|
19/07/2019|
18/07/2019|
17/07/2019|
16/07/2019|
12/07/2019|
05/07/2019|
04/07/2019|
01/07/2019|
29/06/2019|
26/06/2019|
28/12/2018|
28/12/2018|
24/12/2018|
21/12/2018|
18/12/2018|
15/12/2018|
14/12/2018|
11/12/2018|
09/12/2018|
07/12/2018|
06/12/2018|
03/12/2018|
02/12/2018|
30/11/2018|
29/11/2018|
27/11/2018|
25/11/2018|
24/11/2018|
08/11/2018|
07/11/2018|
04/11/2018|
03/11/2018|
31/10/2018|
19/10/2018|
16/10/2018|
12/10/2018|
11/10/2018|
08/10/2018|
06/10/2018|
05/10/2018|
25/09/2018|
23/09/2018|
22/09/2018|
20/09/2018|
18/09/2018|
13/09/2018|
11/09/2018|
08/09/2018|
07/09/2018|
05/09/2018|
04/09/2018|
02/09/2018|
01/09/2018|
29/08/2018|
24/08/2018|
23/08/2018|
18/08/2018|
16/08/2018|
14/08/2018|
13/08/2018|
11/08/2018|
05/08/2018|
03/08/2018|
02/08/2018|
30/07/2018|
26/07/2018|
24/07/2018|
19/07/2018|
16/07/2018|
16/07/2018|
16/07/2018|
12/07/2018|
11/07/2018|
02/07/2018|
29/06/2018|
26/06/2018|
23/06/2018|
19/06/2018|
13/06/2018|
12/06/2018|
02/06/2018|
31/05/2018|
25/05/2018|
21/05/2018|
19/05/2018|
18/05/2018|
25/03/2018|
24/03/2018|
14/03/2018|
10/03/2018|
09/03/2018|

ver + notas
 
Center for the Study of the Presidency
Freedom House