MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) agents took a Kharkov resident in Moscow into custody on suspicion of spying for the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). The suspect is believed to have handed over information about dissidents opposed to the Kiev regime residing in Russia, the Moscow Region FSB Directorate told TASS Friday.
"The FSB Directorate of Moscow and the Moscow Region detained Kharkov-born Rudas A.V., who has dual citizenship of Ukraine and the Republic of Poland, on suspicion of [espionage]. It was determined that the suspect had been recruited by the Security Service of Ukraine, and he maintained clandestine cooperation under the alias 'Little Boy' [Malysh]," the FSB said.
According to the investigation, in 2019, the suspect enrolled in the political science faculty at one of Russia’s leading universities in order to "broaden capabilities for intelligence operations." The FSB noted that, while on an SBU mission, Rudas "collected and handed over information about Ukrainian political researchers and journalists working in Russia, who oppose the current regime in Kiev."
"The suspect was detained during an attempt to obtain information on servicemen involved in the Defense Ministry’s special military operation in Ukraine," the FSB Directorate said.
Upon interrogation, the suspect admitted to cooperating with the SBU, divulged the conditions of his recruitment, the nature of his missions and the means of transmitting information to the Ukrainian spy agency, the FSB said.
"[The suspect] Rudas A.V. also disclosed that, during his training at the Warsaw War Studies Academy, he cooperated with Poland’s Foreign Intelligence Agency under the alias ‘Fox,’ providing information about students from Belarus and Ukraine."
The suspects’ contacts in Russia are being identified.