Russian citizen charged with espionage in Denmark

A Russian citizen in Denmark has reportedly been charged with espionage for providing information about Danish energy technology to Russia prompting a strongly-worded response from Moscow, Reuters reports.

The Russian, who has been in custody since July and whose personal details have not been released, is suspected of providing “information about, among other things, Danish energy technology to a Russian intelligence service” for payment, the Danish prosecution service said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Russian embassy in Copenhagen said it considered the actions by the Danish prosecutor “a mistake” and called for impartiality in the justice process.

It said it hoped “our compatriot” would be acquitted in court and freed.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement characterising the arrest and investigation as “anti-Russian hysteria on the part of Copenhagen.

“Such groundless accusations resemble a witch-hunt,” it said, adding that it hoped “justice ... will prevail."

The case is connected to a larger investigation conducted by the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, and no date has yet been set for the proceedings, the prosecution service said.

Im March 2018 Denmark ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England.

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