Estonian security police officer convicted in Russia makes deal with FSB

Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver, who was sentenced by the Pskov regional court to 15 years in prison for espionage, made a deal with the Federal Security Service (FSB) immediately after being imprisoned, his former lawyer said.

Estonian police officer Eston Kohver in a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Pskov. Source: Reuters

Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver, who was sentenced by the Pskov regional court to 15 years in prison for espionage, made a deal with the Federal Security Service (FSB) immediately after being imprisoned, his former lawyer said.

Moscow lawyer Mark Feygin told the Estonian newspaper Postimees on Monday that this had made him and his colleague Nikolai Polozov stop defending Kohver.

"I have seen the documents. How else can I say that. I was his lawyer for some time," Feygin said.

He would not give the details of the deal and he would not say what Kohver confessed to. "I would not like to say anything else about it. This issue is related to the government of Estonia, it\'s better to ask them. I would not like to harm the position of your government, which is defending its citizen," the lawyer said.

The Pskov regional court on August 19 sentenced Kohver to 15 years in prison for spying.

It was reported earlier that the Russian Federal Security Service detained Kohver, an officer of the Estonian Interior Ministry's Internal Security Service, in possession of weapons and a large sum of money on the Russia-Estonia border on September 5, 2014. A court in Moscow ordered his arrest on espionage charges on September 6, 2014. He was also later charged with illegally possessing and smuggling firearms and illegally crossing the Russian state border. The trial of his case began in Pskov in early June. At the same time, Estonia insists that Kohver was illegally detained on the Estonian side of the border. Russia says the officer crossed the border and was detained in Russian territory.

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