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Man sentenced in Sweden for industrial espionage for Russia


Swedish court sentenced 47-year-old man to three years in prison for spying for the benefit of Russia by handing confidential information about Swedish truck and bus maker Scania to Russian diplomat in exchange for several years’ money

STOCKHOLM – Swedish court sentenced 47-year-old man to three years in prison for spying for Russia by handing confidential information about Swedish truck and bus maker Scania to Russian diplomat in exchange for money of money over several years.

The man, identified as Kristian Dimitrievski, had been accused of providing his managers with sensitive information on Scania, but also on the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo Cars. Goteborg District Court acquitted him of the latest charge in its verdict on Wednesday.

Dimitrievski, a civil engineer living in Goteborg, Sweden’s second largest city, who worked between 2016 and 2019 as a consultant first at Volvo Cars and then at Scania, denied the charges. His nationality was not specified in court documents.

The court verdict said that in 2016 Dimitrievsky contacted an official at the Russian embassy and the two began to meet with some regularity until the man was arrested in a meeting. with the Russian diplomat at a restaurant in central Stockholm in 2019.

“The district court found that the man had copied secret information from Volvo and Scania (…) into a report.

The Swedish court said that for a suspect to be convicted of espionage, it must be proven that Sweden’s security can be compromised if the information provided benefits foreign powers.

“The district court ruled that this was the case with regard to (…) Scania’s information, while it was not proven to be the case with regard to Volvo’s information “, said the court.

Prosecutors had earlier said the man’s actions endangered Sweden’s security and demanded “a long sentence”. In Sweden, the maximum penalty for espionage is six years.

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