A man in Sweden has been jailed for three years after being convicted of spying for Russia for several years.
Kristian Dimitrievski has been accused of handing over confidential information about Swedish truck and bus maker Scania to a Russian diplomat in exchange for money.
The 47-year-old tech consultant was also accused of passing on sensitive company information about Swedish automaker Volvo Cars.
But he was acquitted on Wednesday of the latest charge by Gothenburg District Court. He had denied all the charges.
It was the first espionage trial in Sweden in 18 years, according to state television.
Dimitrievski had worked between 2016 and 2019 as a consultant first at Volvo Cars and then at Scania.
The court heard that the civil engineer first contacted an official at the Russian Embassy in 2016 and illegally transferred data from work computers to USB drives.
The two began to meet regularly until Dimitrievski was arrested while dining at a restaurant in central Stockholm in 2019. Prosecutors said he received 27,800 crowns (€ 2,700) for having transmitted information to Moscow. The Russian official claimed diplomatic immunity from prosecution.
Dimitrievsky’s actions were described by the court as “systematic and long lasting.”
He was “fully aware that the information he provided would benefit Russia,” the court said on Wednesday.
“Disclosure of information about any of the operations to a foreign power could be detrimental to the security of Sweden,” the judges added in a statement. declaration. In Sweden, the maximum penalty for espionage is six years.
“The threats to the security of Sweden have increased and continue here and now,” said Daniel Stenling, head of counterintelligence in the Swedish security service.
“Our assessment is that they will continue to increase in the years to come,” he added.
Swedish authorities have said that more foreign countries, including Russia, are targeting the country’s economy, politics and territorial sovereignty.
“These countries are characterized both by traditional espionage activities by recruiting and exploiting agents to obtain secret information, but also, for example, by cyber espionage to steal information,” Stenling said.