The Stockholm District Court released from custody a 60-year-old accused in an aggravated intelligence case against Sweden. This is stated on the court’s website. We are talking about a citizen of Russia and Sweden, Sergei Skvortsov, for whom the prosecutor’s office previously requested imprisonment for a term of four and a half to five years on charges of transferring Western components to the Russian military.
The defendant, according to the lawsuit, is charged with illegal intelligence activities against Sweden and against a foreign power.
Following the conclusion of the substantive hearing on September 28, the district court ordered the defendant to remain in custody pending sentencing. During additional discussions on October 9, the court concluded that there were no longer grounds to keep the man under arrest.
The press service of the court clarified that the defendant will be sentenced on October 26.
The man, as the SVT publication writes, was arrested at the end of November 2022 on suspicion of connections with the GRU. According to the prosecution, for ten years he collected information and acquired technology for the Russian military industry through a network of companies, bypassing Western sanctions.
Earlier, another Swedish publication Expressen wrote that the defendant was Sergei Skvortsov. He has lived in Sweden since the 1990s and runs import-export companies.
The counterparties of Skvortsov’s company in Russia were several companies, including VO Radioexport LLC. Based on documents, investigators established that he, through his Swedish company, sent sanctioned products from the EU to the city of Snezhinsk in the Chelyabinsk region. The Russian Federal Nuclear Center is located there. part of the Russian nuclear weapons program.
Sergei Skvortsov is also charged with mediation in the supply of sanctioned equipment from the Netherlands to the Russian Zvezdochka shipyard. The investigation believes that the man assisted in the sale of components for the Russian Navy to a Russian company.
In addition, according to the Swedish prosecutor’s office, the suspect’s company signed an agreement to supply technical equipment from Sweden for the Russian project to create a spy satellite called Canopus V.
According to Dagens Nyheter, investigators found letters in Skvortsov’s email indicating that the accused collaborated with the Russian Ministry of Defense.
“He is a procurement agent for the Russian military complex and its intelligence arm, the GRU,” prosecutor Henrik Ohlin told the Stockholm district court. According to him, Skvortsov used fictitious names of business partners, did not indicate information about the types of products exported and provided false information about their end consumers.
Much of the trial took place behind closed doors for reasons of national security, Le Monde notes. Skvortsov did not admit guilt.