Estonia Arrests Russian Man
Suspected Of Being FSB Agent
November 8, 2017
Estonia has detained a man suspected of being a Russian agent
operating against the Estonian state, the Prosecutor-General's
The man, a Russian citizen, was suspected of plotting a
computer-related crime, among other things, prosecutor Inna
Ombler said on November 7.
She said that Estonian state institutions were targeted but did
not disclose details, adding that the suspect's detention last
week means that "bigger damage was prevented."
Ombler said the suspect was working for the Russian Federal
Security Service (FSB), the main successor to the Soviet-era
KGB. The suspect, who was not identified, was formally charged
in a Tallinn court on November 6.
In 2015 and 2016, three men in Estonia were convicted of
cooperating with Russian intelligence services and sentenced to
In May, Estonia expelled two Russian diplomats posted at
Moscow's consulate in Narva over contacts with local officials
that were considered inappropriate for diplomats.
and private Internet sites in Estonia suffered major
cyberattacks in 2007, following a decision by the Baltic nation
to move a Soviet-era war memorial from a square in the capital.
The small Baltic country has made cybersecurity a focus of its
six-month EU presidency, which ends on December 31, following a
series of global cyberattacks this year.
Occupied by the Soviet Union during World War II, Estonia gained
independence in the Soviet collapse of 1991 and is now a member
of NATO and the European Union.
Relations with Russia are severely strained.