Former journalist, and now adviser to the head of Roscosmos, Ivan Safronov was detained on July 7 near his own home. On the eve of the investigation officially charged: the former journalist was accused of collecting information containing state secrets, and their subsequent transfer to the Czech special services. At the same time, the journalist allegedly used encryption programs. Under this article, a journalist can face up to 20 years in prison. Ivan Safronov himself denies his guilt, - said the Rain channel.
Journalist Alexey Peslyak said that he had known Ivan Safronov for a long time and was convinced that he was a high professional in his field. "His sparkling humor, jokes, willingness to always help, a livable and kind character left no one indifferent", - says Alexey Nikolsky, deputy editor of the politics department of the newspaper Vedomosti.
“Ivan Safronov is my friend”, says journalist Dmitry Strugovets. “He’s a very sincere, friendly and helpful person”. Special correspondent Dmitry Reshetnikov notes in the character of Ivan Safronov childish immediacy and, at the same time, deep knowledge of the "materiel". “I’m sure that the charges brought against Ivan are related exclusively to his journalistic work”, - said the special correspondent Inna Sidorkova. “Officials often didn’t like his articles, as he prevented them from hiding their failures and wrote about the failure of the state defense order”.
Last day, when Ivan Safronov was charged, dozens of journalists gathered at the walls of the Moscow Lefortovo pre-trial detention center, and a banner was posted on the next bridge across the Yauza River. But those who stood at the picket were detained by the police.