Latvian couple jailed for spying in Kaliningrad

A Russian court sentenced a married couple in the Kaliningrad region to long jail terms on Thursday after finding them guilty of spying for Latvia, the FSB security service said, saying the pair had been found guilty of state treason, Reuters reports.

The wife, Antonina Zimina, who received 13 years, was recruited by Latvia’s security services in 2012 while travelling abroad. Her husband, Konstantin Antonets, was handed a 12 year sentence. The FSB said he was recruited by his wife in 2015 and had stolen information from his then employer, the Kaliningrad region’s economics ministry, and passed it to Latvia.

The couple denied any wrongdoing and will appeal the verdict, their lawyer, Mikhail Bayev, told the MBKH online news site.

Image: Antonina Zimina, Facebook.

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