9 Oct 2019 19:25

Moscow City Court extends arrest of former Inter RAO top manager accused of espionage

MOSCOW. Oct 9 (Interfax) - The custody period for the Inter RAO Company's ex-board member Karina Tsurkan has been extended until December 14 at the investigator's request, a Moscow City Court spokesperson told Interfax on Wednesday.

"By ruling of the court, the custody period for the accused Tsurkan has been extended until December 14, 2019," the spokesperson said.

Tsurkan is charged with espionage. She was arrested in the summer of 2018.

Tsurkan's defense lawyer Ivan Pavlov, head of the Team 29 law association, told Interfax earlier that his client had been charged with "being an agent pursuing confidential cooperation with the Moldovan special service on August 16, 2004," after which she received an electronic version of "an Energy Ministry draft document on certain aspects of Russian energy companies' activities at the level of international cooperation" on April 21, 2015 and "passed this document to the Moldovan special service" on September 29, 2015.

Tsurkan has categorically denied any wrongdoing and insisted that the criminal case against her was opened with the aim of dismissing her from her office due to her "integrity and incorruptibility."