July 03, 2023

Espionage on Ice


Espionage on Ice
That's Not How We Play Hockey...
Svetlana Bogomolova.

A Russian hockey player playing for a Polish team has been detained on charges of espionage.

According to the Internal Security Agency of Poland, the player (alleged to be Maxim Sergeev, 20) has been in Poland since October 2021 and has been collecting information "on critical infrastructure facilities in several voivodeships."

Zbigniew Zebro, Poland's Prosecutor General and Minister of Justice, said the suspect is the 14th agent of the Russian spy network to be arrested in the country of late. He was arrested in Silesia on June 11, and will be locked up for three months.

Sergeev was not named in the state's announcement, but according to reports by Gazeta Wyborcza, Radio Liberty, and others, it is the defensive player Maxim Sergeev.

Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Russia does not yet have details on the player's detention, but linked the arrest with the "rabid Russophobic position of Polish authorities." The Russian Foreign Ministry has protested the arrest.

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