MOSCOW, November 30 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court on Monday extended detention of ex-newspaper journalist Ivan Safronov charged with treason until March 7 upon an investigator’s motion, the court’s press service told RAPSI.

Safronov was arrested and detained in early July 2020. According to the Roscosmos press service, his arrest was not connected with the work in the company. Treason charges were brought against him on July 13. 

Investigators claim Safronov has transmitted secret military information to the Czech intelligence services which, as it known, are linked to the U.S. security agencies. The defendant pleads not guilty.

The former reporter of Kommersant and Vedomosti newspapers was appointed as advisor of Dmitry Rogozin in May 2020 after a scandal related to the publication of an explosive article about possible resignation of the Federation Council head Valentina Matviyenko.