Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Russian Space Official Charged With Treason: Passing Secrets To Unspecified NATO Member

Times of Israel

Former journalist Ivan Safronov, an adviser to head of state company Roscosmos, suspected of relaying sensitive data to a spy agency of an unspecified NATO member.
Ivan Safronov in Kommersant Publishing House in Moscow, Russia, January 10, 2016.

MOSCOW — An adviser to the director of Russia’s state space corporation has been detained on treason charges, the nation’s top security agency said Tuesday.

Ivan Safronov, an adviser to Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin, was detained in Moscow by agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main KGB successor agency.

The FSB said that Safronov is accused of relaying sensitive data to a spy agency of an unspecified NATO member. It said in a statement that the information he provided referred to “military-technical cooperation, defense and security of the Russian Federation.”

Safromov could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Roscosmos said in a statement that the charges didn’t relate to Safronov’s work for the corporation, which he joined in May. Prior to that, Safronov worked as a correspondent for the top business daily Kommersant for nearly a decade until 2019, and after that worked for a year for another business daily, Vedomosti.

He covered military issues, arms trade and government affairs.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Safronov’s detention isn’t related to his activities as a journalist.
Last year, the FSB reportedly opened an inquiry following Safronov’s article that claimed that Russia had signed a contract with Egypt for the delivery of sophisticated Su-35 fighter jets. Kommersant later removed the report from its website, and no charges were filed.
Hey. I recall when that 'news' was circulating that Egypt was going to purchase Su-35's- 
I had serious doubts about those reports! 

Nov. 2019 US Warns Egypt over 2 Billion Dollar Purchase of Russian Fighter Jets 

Safronov’s father also worked for Kommersant after retiring from the armed forces and covered military issues. In 2007, he died after falling from a window of his apartment building in Moscow. Investigators concluded that he killed himself, but some Russian media questioned the official version, pointing at his intention to publish a sensitive report about secret arms deliveries to Iran and Syria.
It's been a busy couple of days




  1. Just want to put this here regarding Ghislaine Maxwell


    "Ghislaine Maxwell should be kept on suicide watch at her federal lockup in Brooklyn because her case is too explosive to risk her killing herself behind bars, a former warden of the jail told The Post Tuesday.

    Cameron Lindsay, who served as the warden at the Metropolitan Detention Center for three years, said he wouldn’t risk the possibility of her suicide because it would be “unimaginable” for her to escape the justice system.

    “She allegedly knows a great deal of information about a multitude of potential co-defendants in the actions against Jeffrey Epstein,” Lindsay said.

    “This is just such a sensitive case, it’s absolutely imperative that the government get it right,” he added. “Why take any chances? Just put her on suicide watch and keep her there until she’s out the door. I would just not risk it.”

  2. some more interesting maxwell news

    Major Bank Fined $150 Million for Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein


    New York's top financial regulator has fined Deutsche Bank $150 million for failures in its dealings with Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier and sex offender who died by suicide last summer while awaiting trial on new sex trafficking charges.

    "This agreement marks the first enforcement action by a regulator against a financial institution for dealings with Jeffrey Epstein," the New York Department of Financial Services said in a statement.

    The DFS said the bank "failed to properly monitor account activity conducted on behalf of the registered sex offender despite ample information that was publicly available concerning the circumstances surrounding Mr. Epstein’s earlier criminal misconduct."

    That included apparent payments to co-conspirators, victims and lawyers, DFS said.

    "Throughout the relationship, very few problematic transactions were ever questioned, and even when they were, they were usually cleared without satisfactory explanation," DFS said.

    The bank's settlement with the state also covered its relationship with two foreign banks and failures to properly monitor those activities.

    It was a German bank-- not likely the only bank that handled Epstein's funds, but the only one fined

  3. and ghislaine hires the prosecutor that "stuck it to el chapo"
    that's a lol


    Ghislaine Maxwell, who was arrested last week on charges related to the sexual abuse of young girls, has hired an attorney famous for taking on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to defend her.

    The attorney, Christian Everdell is a member of the White Collar Defense and Litigation and Arbitration groups at the law firm Cohen & Gresser. But his claim to fame comes from his work as an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York — the same office now prosecuting Maxwell.

    While working there, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives gave Everdell and his team the "American Hero Award," for his work on the prosecution of Guzman, according to his bio on the firm's website.

    Guzman was sentenced to life in prison five months after he was found guilty in a US court of running a criminal enterprise that smuggled drugs into the US. His 2015 escape from federal prison contributed to his infamy.

    Everdell and Mark Cohen, another one of Maxwell's attorneys, filed their first memo in the case on Monday to schedule Maxwell's arraignment in New York. Cohen is the managing partner of the firm's New York office, and head of their Litigation & Arbitration and White Collar Defense & Regulation groups.

    Jennifer Rodgers, who once supervised Everdell at the Southern District, speculated on Twitter that his history as a prosecutor means he'll likely talk to Maxwell about becoming a cooperating witness.

    El Chapo and Sean Penn.. look it up
    Likely CIA ties as well

  4. I knew the report on Sean Penn and El Chapo was here


  5. " Ivan Safronov, an adviser to Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin, "

    How does a journalist/ correspondent get that position ? Isnt that suspicious in itself ?

    1. Don't know
      but he's not the only one that's been put on notice


      "MOSCOW—Russian authorities detained a former journalist working at the country’s space agency and accused him of allegedly handing over military secrets to NATO, the latest in a string of treason accusations brought against prominent Russians."

      So are we looking at one member of a spy ring?