Russia-Estonia spy swap


Estonian security officer Eston Kohver arrives for a press conference in Tartu, Estonia, 26 September 2015. Kohver, who was convicted of espionage in Russia, has been exchanged for imprisoned Russian spy Aleksei Dressen. According to reports, the prisoners were swapped in southeastern Estonia at the border with Russia. Eston Kohver was sentenced to 15 years in jail on 19 August, at a closed-door trial after being found guilty of espionage and illegally crossing the Russian border.

Russia-Estonia spy swap

On Saturday, September 26, Russia and the Estonia exchanged two convicted spies over a bridge over the Piusa River separating the two countries.

Estonians received Eston Kohver, a security officers convicted by a Russian court in August to 15 years in jail. Estonia accused Russia of kidnapping Kohver on Estonian soil, an accusation that Moscow denies. He had spent 13 months in a Russia prison. The Estonian President, Toomas Hendrik, referred to Kohver as a “tough and loyal” officer.


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