On February 10, 2018, Estonia and Russia exchanged its citizens convicted for espionage. This was reported in the Department of the Estonian Security Police, reports DW.
Thus, in the border crossing point of Koidula, the Estonian entrepreneur Raivo Susy, convicted in Russia, was exchanged for the Russian Artyom Zinchenko.
As reported, Russian citizen Zinchenko in May 2017 was found guilty of espionage and sentenced to five years in prison. Susy was detained by the Russian Federal Security Service in February 2016 at the Sheremetyevo airport, when he was traveling from Tajikistan to Tallinn. In the Russian Federation he was convicted in December 2017 to 12 years in prison.
It is noted that for the exchange, both convicts wrote a petition for clemency, which was satisfied by the presidents of Estonia and Russia, respectively. The Director General of the Estonian Security Police Department, Arnold Sinisalu, said that "the parties concluded an agreement that satisfied them." The security police claim that Zinchenko received special training in Russian military intelligence.