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Swedish prosecutors request custody for alleged Russian spy

The 45-year-old man was detained at a meeting in a restaurant in downtown Stockholm

STOCKHOLM, March 1. /TASS/. Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they have have sent a request to Stockholm’s district court on placing into custody a man suspected of spying for Russia.

"The prosecutor demands placing into custody a man detained on February 27 on suspicion of illegal intelligence activity against Sweden. It’s up to the Stockholm district court to define the time of holding a hearing on a pre-trial restriction," the statement said.

The 45-year-old man, who is suspected of illegal intelligence activity against Sweden, was detained at a meeting in a restaurant in downtown Stockholm.

According to the Swedish Security Police (SAPO), he was recruited by a Russian intelligence agent working under diplomatic cover in Sweden. The detained man is suspected of having been involved in counter-intelligence activity at least since 2017.

The man works in Sweden in a high technologies sector with information, which is vital for foreign intelligence agencies, SAPO believes.

Sweden’s daily Dagens Nyheter reported that the man has four children, he was born in the kingdom and is a Swedish national. He reportedly has his own company that deals with projects on modelling traffic, programming mobile phones and modelling computer viruses. Besides, the man was engaged in science and wrote articles for scientific magazines. Earlier, he served a community sentence for an attack.