MOSCOW, July 8 (RAPSI) – The Presidential Council for Human Rights watches the development of a case against advisor of the Roscosmos state corporation’s CEO and ex-journalist of Kommersant newspaper Ivan Safronov, the advisory body’s chair Valery Fadeyev told journalists on Wednesday.

The Council is checking the conditions of his detention, he added.

Investigators suspect Safronov of transmitting secret military information to the Czech intelligence services which, as it known, are linked to the U.S. security agencies, his attorney Ivan Pavlov told RAPSI. 

Safronov was arrested on Tuesday. The same day Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court detained him until September 6. He is suspected of treason. According to the Roscosmos press service, Safronov’s arrest is not connected with his work in the company.

The former reporter of Kommersant and Vedomosti newspapers was appointed as advisor of Dmitry Rogozin in May 2020 after a scandal related to the publication of  an explosive article about possible resignation of the Federation Council head Valentina Matviyenko.