Estonian police arrested, accused of spying for Russia


A long-serving security worker and his wife were arrested in Estonia today on suspicion of leaking classified information to the Russian government, according to The Associated Press.

Aleksei Dressen of Estonia's security police was arrested at Tallinn Airport with his wife Viktoria, who was preparing to board a flight to Moscow, prosecutors said. Aleksei had allegedly gone to the airport to pass his wife a folder containing secrets, the AP reported, citing a prosecution spokeswoman.

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Meanwhile in Lithuania, the government has released the names of 238 citizens who admitted to collaborating with the security service then known as the KGB when the country was under Soviet rule following World War II, according to The Associated Press.

The Lithuanian government also plans to identify others who have refused to disclose their work with the KGB.

The information, which also includes KGB interrogation techniques used in Lithuania, is contained a repository of Soviet-era archives held by the Genocide and Resistance Research Center in Vilnius, according to the AP.

"I believe this project will help Lithuania to shake KGB disease. It is always better to know truth," said Birute Burauskaite, the center's director, was quoted as saying by the AP.

The AP said the 238 names in documents posted to the Internet included former Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis and ex-state security chief Arvydas Pocius. Their careers had suffered after admitting several years ago to their involvement with the KGB, according to the AP.

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In Estonia, Dressen now faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted of treason, according to the AP.

Raivo Aeg, head of Estonia’s security police, said the incident showed Estonia’s adversaries were bent on spying on the Baltic nation and that the Dressen case was “a warning to us all.”

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