the Kremlin has denied media reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin was today scheduled to meet with the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, but it was canceled due to the arrest of the adviser to Rogozin Ivan Safronov on suspicion of treason.
according to RIA “Novosti”, the question about the meeting, Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that such a meeting was not planned. “This is not the case,” he said, commenting on reports about the cancellation of the conversation Putin and Rogozin.
Recall, Safronova, former journalist of “Kommersant”, was detained this morning. As reported in the public relations Center of the FSB of Russia, Safonov is suspected in the transfer of information constituting a state secret, representative of one of the special services of NATO countries. In its relation criminal case on signs of the crime provided by article 275 of the criminal code (“treason”). He faces up to 20 years in prison.
Commenting on the situation, Rogozin noted that Safronov had no access to classified information while working in Roskosmos. According to Rogozin, 1.5 months ago, Safronov was invited “to cover the activities of Roscosmos”. “Access to classified information was not”, — stressed the head of Roscosmos. He also pointed out that a few years knew Safronov as a journalist, deeply versed in the material which he prepared for publication in the newspaper “Kommersant”, where he worked until last year. Rogozin stressed that he never doubted the excellence and integrity Safronova and expressed confidence that “the consequence in all will objectively understand.”
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