Over the weekend, Russia and Estonia exchanged two men
convicted of espionage in any country.
Estonia and other Baltic countries have warned that
Russian comprehension activity destined against them is
Tensions between Russia and other NATO countries has
been towering for some time.
The Baltic News Service pronounced this weekend that Estonia and Russia
exchanged two men convicted of espionage at a limit crossing
between the two countries.
The region’s categorical news group cited Estonia’s Internal Security
Service as observant that Raivo Susi, an Estonian found guilty of
espionage and condemned to 12 years in a high-security jail in
Russia, had been exchanged Saturday for Artern Zintsenko, who had
been given 5 years by Estonia for espionage for Russia in May.
The two men were allowed to return home after receiving
“Estonia extradited to Russia a spy who committed a crime here
and the Estonian businessman was means to return to his loved
ones after a prolonged change in Russia,” Estonia’s confidence agency
said, according to the Associated Press.
Zintsenko was arrested by Estonian Internal Security Service on
Jan 9, 2016. According to Estonia’s state prosecutor,
Zintsenko was recruited in 2009 and started espionage in the Batlic
country in 2013, focusing on entertainment comprehension about the
country’s military and vicious infrastructure.
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Zintsenko had no military experience, but his father and
grandfather were in the Soviet military and his great-grandfather
worked for Soviet counterintelligence during World War II. A
comparison central with Estonia’s Internal Security Service told Buzzfeed that Russian
comprehension capitalized on Zintsenko’s love for his
great-grandfather, utilizing his family ties and stoking a
“romantic feeling” about being a spy.
Zintsenko’s grandparents staid in Estonia in 1966. While he
lived with his relatives in Russia, he did revisit his grandparents
frequently, spending summers there, according to Buzzfeed.
Susi, the Estonian businessman liberated in the exchange, was
arrested in Moscow on Feb 10, 2016. Buzzfeed reports that he was
concerned in several aviation companies and was on his way to a
country in Central Asia when he was arrested.
There was no evident acknowledgment from Moscow.
Zintsenko’s case is not an removed one for Estonia. He was the
10th convicted spy in 9 years and the first of them to have been
recruited by Russia’s military comprehension service, famous as the
Estonia’s internal-security service pronounced in its 2017 annual
report that Russia — behaving by the GRU and its Federal
Security Service, the FSB — had taken special seductiveness in
the unfamiliar and confidence policies, invulnerability planning, armed
forces, arms development, and military capabilities of its
“The Russian special services are meddlesome in both the
collection of information and in conversion decisions important
for Estonia,” the report stated. “The Russian comprehension and
confidence services control anti-Estonian change operations,
including psychological operations — in other words, influencing
the counterclaim forces and the ubiquitous race of a potential
“Considering the confidence situation, such incidents can be
approaching to recur,” the report said.
The Baltic country’s first espionage case given regaining
autonomy in 1991 came to light in September
2008, when a former high-ranking invulnerability central was arrested
and jailed for flitting NATO secrets to Moscow. In 2016, Estonia
held and convicted two twin Russian-Estonian adults for
espionage on military and law-enforcement activity for the FSB. Two
other people recruited by the FSB were held in 2015.
“This case indicates the risk presented by the Russian special
services, which is generally good on Russian territory, and
unfortunately this has to be taken into comment by different
people … competence come to the courtesy of the Russian special
services,” Harrys Puusepp, orator for the Estonian Security
Police, told Euronews of the spy swap.
“And it’s transparent Estonian counterintelligence had to take action
over such apparent Russian espionage on Estonia.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.