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What to know about the growing number of treason and espionage cases in today's Russia under Putin

Jul. 14, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

Treason cases were rare in Russia 30 years ago, with only a handful brought annually. In the past decade and especially since the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, however, the number has soared, along with espionage prosecutions. They are ensnaring citizens and foreigners alike. Recent...

Treason and espionage cases are rising in Russia since the war in Ukraine began

Jul. 14, 2024 00:43 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When Maksim Kolker’s phone rang at 6 a.m., and the voice on the other end said his father had been arrested, he thought it was a scam to extort money. A day earlier, he had taken his father, prominent Russian physicist Dmitry Kolker, to the hospital in his native...

Scientists, a journalist and even a bakery worker are among those convicted of treason in Russia

Jul. 14, 2024 00:40 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Over the past decade, Russia has seen a sharp increase in treason and espionage cases. Lawyers and experts say prosecutions for these high crimes started to grow after 2014 — the year that Russia illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine....

Court voids last conviction of Kansas researcher in case that started as Chinese espionage probe

Jul. 13, 2024 14:01 PM EDT

A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction of a researcher who was accused of hiding work he did in China while employed at the University of Kansas. Feng “Franklin” Tao was convicted in April 2022 of three counts of wire fraud and one count of making a materially false...

Former international mission worker is convicted of spying in Russian-held Donetsk

Jul. 12, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

A former staff member of an international monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was convicted of spying by a court in the Moscow-occupied Donetsk, the Russian prosecutor general’s office said Friday. Vadym Golda — who was a security assistant for the Organization for Security and...

Australian army private and her husband accused of spying for Russia

Jul. 12, 2024 06:10 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian army private and her husband accused of spying for Russia were denied bail Friday, on the first charges against suspected operatives under Australia’s sweeping espionage laws enacted in 2018. Kira Korolev, 40, and her husband Igor...

Australian soldier and husband accused of spying for Russia in first charges under Australia’s updated espionage laws

Jul. 11, 2024 22:01 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian soldier and husband accused of spying for Russia in first charges under Australia’s updated espionage laws.

Brazil’s intelligence agency under Bolsonaro spied on judiciary and lawmakers, police say

Jul. 11, 2024 18:29 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An investigation by federal police has led to allegations that Brazil’s intelligence agency spied on members of the judiciary, lawmakers and journalists during the administration of former President Jair Bolsonaro, court records showed Thursday. Among those...

Today in History: July 9, 14th Amendment ratified

Jul. 09, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 9, the 191st day of 2024. There are 175 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 9, 1868, the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, granting citizenship and “equal...

Today in History: July 8, Thai cave rescue

Jul. 08, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, July 8, the 190th day of 2024. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8, 2018, divers rescued four of the 12 boys who’d been trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand with...