Journalist Ivan Safronov appealed the sentence to the Supreme Court of Russia
Journalist Ivan Safronov, sentenced to 22 years of imprisonment in the case of treason, appealed the sentence to the Supreme Court of Russia. This was reported by the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to Safronov’s lawyers.
The cassation appeal was filed in court by the journalist’s lawyers, who previously visited Safronov in the colony in the Krasnoyarsk region and agreed with him on the text of the document. As lawyer Dmitry Katchev told “Kommersant”, the complaint contains a request to cancel the sentence. In particular, it is about the unfairness of the rendered decision, inadmissible evidence and other numerous violations of the norms of the Criminal Procedure Code “at all stages” of the trial. The lawyers assume that the consideration of the mourning may begin closer to autumn.
- Ivan Safronov was the author of a number of high-profile publications in the media about the Russian army, space and military industry.
- On September 22, 2022, the court found Safronov guilty of passing on information related to the guest house to intelligence officers of NATO countries. The former correspondent of “Kommersant” and “Vedomosti”, who before his arrest worked as an adviser to the head of Roscosmos, did not admit guilt.
- Shortly before the verdict was handed down, the publication “Proekt” published the indictment in the Safronov case. It follows that he allegedly passed on secret information to the Czech journalist Martin Larysh and the German political scientist Demura Voronin, whom the FSB considers to be intelligence officers of foreign countries. They deny it. The investigators did not find a single official who would have given Safronov secret data. Journalists managed to find all the information, which is called secret in the indictment, in open sources. Safronov himself also insisted on this.