10 Feb 2020 18:07

Gorchakov Foundation expert Zimina, her husband face final charge of state treason

MOSCOW. Feb 10 (Interfax) - Investigators have issued the final charges to Kaliningrad resident Antonina Zimina and her husband Konstantin Antonets as part of a state treason case, an informed source told Interfax.

"The criminal cases against Zimina and Antonets have been combined, both of them face final charges under Article 275 of the Russian Criminal Code (state treason)," the source said.

Investigative activity as part of the criminal case was completed at the end of last year in connection with the expiration of the maximum custody term for Zimina; following the completion of investigative activity, the litigating parties began studying the case files, the source said.

If the indictment is approved, the Kaliningrad Regional Court will hear the criminal case, the source said.

If Zimina's and Antonets's guilt is proven, they will face up to 20 years of imprisonment.

Zimina, who served as an independent expert of the Club of Friends at the Gorchakov Foundation, has been under arrest since the summer of 2018. She has not admitted guilt and does not understand the reasons behind her prosecution.

Antonets was arrested a year later. Antonets's father-in-law Konstantin Zimin told Interfax that his son-in-law worked as a lawyer in the Kaliningrad regional government in 2015-2016, and was recently employed by a legal company in Moscow, without any access to state secrets.