The Russian soldier, detained on March 30 in Rome on espionage charges, will be expelled from Italy. The Corriere della Sera newspaper reports this.
The publication explains that since the soldier is an employee of the Russian embassy, he has diplomatic immunity, which does not allow him to be taken into custody.
Earlier it became known that an officer of the Italian Navy and an employee of the Russian Embassy in Rome were detained in the Italian capital on charges of espionage. The arrest was made on March 30, when a captain of the Italian fleet handed over documents, which allegedly contained confidential data, to the Russian military in exchange for money. The names of the suspects were not released. The investigation suggests that the Italian officer could have spied for Russia due to the family’s financial difficulties.
Before this, a spy scandal erupted in Bulgaria. On March 19, the Bulgarian prosecutor’s office reported that six employees of the Bulgarian Defense Ministry and military intelligence were detained on spying for Russia. On March 22, the court ruled to place all the accused in custody.