At the end of March, the Moscow City Court extended Safronov’s detention for six months.
The journalist was also not allowed to visit and make calls to the pre-trial detention center. Safronov is charged with an article on high treason (Article 275 of the Criminal Code).
There are two episodes in the case.
According to investigators, the journalist gave the “representative of Czech intelligence” information about Russia’s military-technical cooperation with African countries, as well as information about the activities of the armed forces in the Middle East region.
In addition, Safronov allegedly gave political scientist Demuri Voronin some information about the activities of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria, and he forwarded this information to representatives of the University of Zurich in Switzerland and the German intelligence service.
In early February, the Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow forbade the journalist’s lawyers to make extracts and notes when reading the materials of the case, which consists of 23 volumes.
Former Kommersant journalist Ivan Safronov has been in jail since July 2020. His persecution is associated with journalistic activities – he covered the work of the military-industrial complex.
During his detention, the journalist was subjected to pressure. So, FSB investigator Alexander Chaban offered Safronov a call from his mother in exchange for a deal with the investigation.
The journalist’s mother is a witness in this case, so they are forbidden to communicate: the last time Safronov saw her was in July 2020, he was not even allowed to wish her a happy birthday.
The journalist refused the investigator’s proposal.