Russian serviceman Tetiana Kuzmenko was sentenced to eight years in prison with a two-year suspension on charges of treason. This decision was made by the Southern District Military Court, TASS reports.
"She got eight years in a general regime colony with a respite until her child reaches the age of 14. The case was considered in a special order and behind closed doors because of the materials marked" top secret ", informed the press secretary of the court Alena Katkalo.
The verdict has not yet entered into force, therefore the defense has the opportunity to appeal it within the time limits established by law.
The case concerns the activities of an agent group, which was suppressed by the Russian counterintelligence in mid-April 2020. The Russian FSB claimed that the supervisor of the spy network was the head of the Ukrainian military intelligence unit stationed in Kherson, Colonel Oleg Akhmedov. The group consisted of a serviceman of the Russian Armed Forces, suspected of issuing state secret information entrusted to her in service to representatives of the Ukrainian military intelligence in 2017-2018, and a citizen of Ukraine suspected of espionage activities on behalf of the Ukrainian special service.
According to a TASS source, a Russian serviceman Kuzmenko and a citizen of Ukraine Konstantin Shirin were detained. Criminal cases of treason and espionage were opened against them, respectively. Kuzmenko was placed under house arrest, Shirin was arrested and convoyed to Moscow.