Russian energy company's manager arrested on spying charges

June 19, 2018 - 1:25 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — A top manager of a state-controlled Russian energy company has been arrested on spying charges, a Moscow court said Tuesday.

The Lefortovo District Court announced that Karina Tsurcan has been put in custody on charges of espionage, but wouldn't give further details. The court hearing was held Friday.

Russian news agencies said that Tsurkan is a member of the management board of Inter RAO, an energy holding dealing with electric power supply and heat generation that has assets in Russia and other nations. Tsurcan headed Inter RAO's trading division.

There was no immediate reaction from Inter RAO.

Details of the charges weren't immediately known, but the state Tass news agency said that Tsurcan is accused of spying for Romania. She may face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The Interfax news agency said that law enforcement agents on Monday conducted a search in the office of Deputy Energy Minister Vyacheslav Kravchenko in connection with Tsurcan's case. The ministry had no immediate comment.

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