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Estonia swaps spy securing release of Kohver

Estonia, by exchanging convicted spy Aleksei Dressen, has reached the release of Eston Kohver – the Estonian Internal Security Service employee abducted and convicted by Russia.

Kohver, who spent nearly 13 months in Russian prisons, has been handed to Estonia, released and has returned home.

Kohver gave a short statement at a press conference on September 26. ERR reports that he said he is very happy to be home and thanked people who helped to free him and supported him while in prison, and especially thanked those who helped his family survive the difficult period.

According to Interfax, which broke the news, the prisoners were swapped at the Russian-Estonian border in southeastern Estonia, on a bridge across the Piusa river.

According to Estonian authorities Kohver, an ISS employee, was abducted from Estonian territory on September 5, 2014, while investigating cross-border crime. He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in prison on August 19 for alleged espionage, carrying illegal firearms and crossing the border illegally.

Dressen, also a former ISS employee, was sentenced by Estonian authorities to 16 years in 2012 for treason and handing Russia sensitive information.


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