A tabloid source said that the man, on suspicion of law enforcement agencies, was engaged in espionage “in the interests of the Putin regime”
British anti-terrorist police on Monday detained a 40-something man at London Gatwick Airport years,” writes The Sun tabloid, citing a police spokesman. In turn, the source of the publication said that we are talking about a Russian suspected of espionage and sabotage “in favor of a hostile state.”
The authorities believe that the man was in the kingdom for the purpose of “espionage in the interests of the regime.” Russian President Vladimir Putin. “He was being watched and detained on arrival at Gatwick when he was trying to leave the country,” — added the interlocutor of The Sun. The detainee was taken to the police station in the Hammersmith area. It is not known where he planned to fly to.
The detention was the result of a joint investigation by the Counter-Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan Police and MI5.
RBC contacted the Russian Embassy in the UK for comment.
In May, the UK authorities announced their intention to tighten the legislation in the field of espionage. The maximum prison term for this crime will be increased from 14 years to life, and the possibility of prosecuting foreigners on suspicion of sabotage (in particular, cyber attacks) will be expanded. A new crime will appear— sabotage, the maximum penalty for it would be life. Foreign spies can also be sent to prison for life for preparing “hostile actions”.
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