MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A former head of Ukraine's Znamya defense enterprise, 73-year-old Yuriy Soloshenko, was on Wednesday sentenced to 6 years in prison for espionage by the Moscow City Court, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the courtroom.
According to local media reports, Soloshenko holds Ukrainian citizenship. Details of the case are classified.
According to the FSB, it is not the first case in which Russian security services have prevented Ukrainian citizens from acquiring and smuggling military hardware.
In December 2014, the FSB thwarted a Ukrainian citizen’s attempt to acquire parts for an air defense missile system S-300 and Buk-M1. Under a court ruling, Ukrainian national Denis Danchenko was deported from Russia.
S-300 is a family of air defense missile systems capable of engaging aerial targets from helicopters to cruise and ballistic missiles.