Former Black Sea Fleet officer arrested over espionage for Ukraine

A criminal case has been initiated under article 275 of the Russian Criminal Code (treason).

A criminal case has been initiated under article 275 of the Russian Criminal Code (treason).

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Suspect had left military in 2005 but retained staff position

The Leninsky District Court in Crimea’s city of Sevastopol has arrested former Black Sea Fleet officer Leonid Parkhomenko for two months over espionage for Ukraine, a source in the Crimean law enforcement agencies told TASS on Nov. 24.

"Sevastopol’s Leninsky District Court has arrested Parkhomenko for two months," the source said. According to the source, Parkhomenko had left military service in 2005 but retained a staff position.

However, representatives of the regional office of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Leninsky District Court have declined to comment.

According to the FSB public relations center, reserves Captain II rank Parkhomenko "fulfilled tasks given to him by the Ukrainian military intelligence, and provided classified information on the Black Sea Fleet’s activities to the foreign secret service."

A criminal case has been initiated under article 275 of the Russian Criminal Code (treason).

Source: TASS

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