Sweden charges consultant with spying for Russia, expels Russian diplomat

ScaniaA SWEDISH MAN HAS been charged with spying for Russia, after he was apprehended while meeting with a Russian diplomat stationed at the Russian embassy in Stockholm. Neither the Swedish man nor the Russian diplomat —who is believed to have been expelled from Sweden— have been named. Swedish government officials reportedly expelled the Russian diplomat following the incident, accusing him of working as an intelligence officer under diplomatic cover.

Government prosecutors said the Swedish man is 47 years old and worked as a consultant for numerous Swedish manufacturers. His employers included the car manufacturer Volvo, as well as Scania, a company that builds commercial vehicles, such as buses and trucks. According to Sweden’s public broadcaster, SVT, the man was arrested two years ago, in February 2019, while he was meeting in Stockholm with an accredited Russian diplomat. According to news reports, during the meeting the Swedish man gave the Russian a bag containing commercial secrets. In return, he received an envelope containing 27,800 Swedish kronor (US$3,350). These were confiscated by Swedish counterintelligence.

The indictment states that the 47-year-old Swede spied for Russia “for a number of years”, during which he routinely “transferred commercial secrets from his work computer to his home computer”. He would then transfer the files to USB memory sticks and pass them on to his Russian hander. Eventually, when his employer installed security software that monitored employees’ use of USB memory sticks, the consultant resorted to photographing material appearing on his work computer screen. He now faces “a lengthy sentence” if convicted, according to SVT.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 24 February 2021 | Permalink

2 Responses to Sweden charges consultant with spying for Russia, expels Russian diplomat

  1. Iconoclast XIII says:

    He had previously been caught, apparently–but without legal penalty? Now he’s on The A List and again apprehended–working for less than $3,500?! Sound like genuine candidate for not guilty by reason of mental incapacity. But what about the people who employed and vetted him?

  2. Pete says:

    Fortunately my private intelligence network helps.

    1. Despite the Swedish Government not naming the Russian SVR Intelligence Officer (diplomatic cover) the Swedish (SVT) article https://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/47-aring-man-atalas-misstanks-ha-spionerat-for-rysslands-rakning DOES name that Russian as Yevgeny Umerenko.

    2a. Looking at https://news.clearancejobs.com/2021/02/23/russian-intel-caught-stealing-swedens-technology-and-defense-secrets/ of Feb 23, 2021 the Swedish man charged is Kristian Dmitrievski.

    2b. https://news.clearancejobs.com/2021/02/23/russian-intel-caught-stealing-swedens-technology-and-defense-secrets/ continues:

    Kristian “Dmitreivski is a 47 year-old, Russian-born, naturalized Swedish citizen worked for Volvo Cars and Scania (a truck manufacturer) – both located in Goteborg. His work provided him unencumbered access to Swedish DEFENSE information,

    analogous to U.S. defense contractors who have access to U.S. national defense information. While he was remanded to custody, in March 2019, he was released pending the filing of charges. Given the long pause, Dmitreivski may have been surprised to find himself facing espionage charges, which carry a maximum of six-years imprisonment in Sweden, almost two years later.

    So it appears Kristian Dmitrievski not only fed civilian industrial secrets to the Russians, but national security defense secrets.

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