Estonian consul denied access to police officer detained in Russia
MOSCOW, September 9 (RAPSI) – Estonia’s consul has been denied access to Eston Kohver, an Estonian policeman who was detained in Russia for “intelligence gathering,” RIA Novosti has learned at the Estonian Embassy in Moscow.
Kohver was detained on Friday in the Pskov Region, which borders Estonia, Latvia and Belarus. He allegedly had a Taurus gun, ammunition, EUR 5,000, special equipment to carry out covert recording.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced the disruption of an agent-recruitment operation of the Estonian Interior Ministry’s security police. The Lefortovsky District Court in Moscow on Saturday issued a two-month arrest warrant for Kohver.
Tallinn claims that Kohver, who was investigating cross-border crime, was abducted at gunpoint from Estonian territory, near the Luhamaa checkpoint on the border with the Pskov Region, by Russians who detonated a smoke grenade and jammed radio communications.