Moscow sentences Pole to 14 years of penal colony

Russian News Agency TASS reported that Moscow’s Municipal Court sentenced a Polish citizen to 14 years of maximum security penal colony.

According to TASS, the legal proceedings in the case of Marian Radzajewski were taking place behind closed doors. The case was given a “secret” status.

The Russian agency quoted the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) stating that its officers caught the Pole “red-handed”. According to the FSB, the Polish citizen “was searching for an opportunity to acquire secret parts of the S-300 missile system and smuggle them to Poland.”

The FSB has claimed the man was detained attempting to finalise a transaction. It remains unknown whether "transaction" refers to the exchange of the secret parts or a financial transaction. The FSB has also claimed that the detainee “was working for the interest of a Polish organisation recognised as the top provider for the [Polish] national armed forces and special services.”

The proceedings began on June 10. Marian Radzajewski was reportedly charged with and found guilty of having committed an offence under Article 276 of the Russian Penal Code, namely, espionage.

According to the Russian government-owned news agency Sputnik, the Supreme Court of Crimea, which has been under Russian occupation since March 2014, sentenced a Ukrainian citizen Konstantin Davydenko to 10.5 years of maximum security penal colony over the same claims of espionage.

S-300 missile system

The S-300 is a series of initially Soviet and later Russian long range surface-to-air missile systems. Its serial production started in 1975. The tests have been completed in 1978 (variant P) and 1983 (variant V). Numerous versions have since emerged.

The system is mainly used in Eastern Europe and Asia. Among the countries which possess the S-300 are some NATO member states, namely Bulgaria, Greece and Slovakia.