July 7 (UPI) -- Russian authorities on Tuesday arrested a former journalist accused of sharing military secrets with the intelligence agency of an unspecified NATO country.
Russia's Federal Security Service -- known by the acronym FSB -- said it opened a treason investigation into Ivan Safronov. He appeared in a Moscow court on Tuesday.
After being fired by the Kommersant news agency in 2019, Safronov began working as a special adviser to the head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. The FSB didn't say whether he allegedly passed on the defense secrets during his time as a journalist or with Roscosmos.
"He was invited to cover Roscosmos activities one and a half months ago," Rogozin said.
If convicted of treason, Safronov could face up to 20 years in prison.