The security forces detained a native of the Perm Territory who provided financial assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) for “treason” (275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), according to the FSB website. Over the past 7 months, about 50 cases of "treason" have been opened in Russia, the "First Department" calculated.
According to the FSB, an employee of one of the Russian commercial banks provided financial assistance to Ukrainian military personnel, which was directed against the security of Russia. He transferred money to Ukrainian organizations for UAVs, thermal imagers and other special technical equipment and ammunition "to the detriment of the security of the Russian Federation."
According to the “First Department”, 2023 was a record year for “treason” cases. The founder of the "First Department" Ivan Pavlov and project manager Dmitry Zair-Bek told Ilya Varlamov about how this happened and why one can become a "traitor".
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the authorities of the Russian Federation have repeatedly suspected their citizens of “treason” or “espionage” in favor of Ukraine, as well as preparations for “terrorist attacks”. All such cases are reported by state agencies, and the FSB publishes videos of “detentions”. The data of the Russians who are suspected under the article on “treason” are not disclosed, and the cases and courts are classified. The names of the accused are often identified by journalists through relatives or acquaintances of these detainees. So, in April, FSB investigators charged with "treason" in favor of foreign countries, Russian citizen Dmitry Kicha, who served as deputy head of the testing laboratory of the capital's arms factory "Promtekhnologiya". The plant produces hunting and sporting rifles under the ORSIS brand.
Also in April, the FSB detained a married couple in Nizhny Tagil for “espionage in the interests of Ukraine” at a military-industrial complex enterprise. They allegedly handed over secret information (drawings) to the special services of Ukraine for 100,000 rubles. Before that, in March, a resident of Khabarovsk was accused of financing the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a case of "treason" was initiated. In March, the FSB detained on suspicion of “treason” a resident of Moscow, who allegedly transferred money to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was the first known case when a case under Art. 275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“treason”).