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Scouts exchanged on the bridge returned to their families

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On Saturday at the border guard post “Kunichina Gora” in the Pskov Region, on the bridge over Piusa, an Estonian intelligence officer Eston Kohver was exchanged for Alexei Dressen, who served time in Estonia for espionage activities. Both security officers have already returned to their families, writes Kommersant.


Eston Kokhver

In Tallinn, with the participation of Kokhver, a press conference was held, at which the intelligence officer thanked “everyone, everyone, everyone” and left in a couple of minutes. As explained by the chief of the Estonian security police (Kapo), Arnold Sinisal, “Mr. Kohver has been granted leave, after which he will decide whether he will continue to work in the department.”

As for Dressen, he yesterday, together with his family and friends, celebrated his 49 anniversary. He also, like Kokhver, served at KAPO, having access to valuable information relating to the activities of Western intelligence services in the territory of the Russian Federation. According to Kommersant’s sources, his reports sent to Moscow “helped identify agents working for foreign intelligence in Russia.” Dressen also covered the activities of foreign intelligence services, incl. British MI-6, in Estonia.

In July, 2012 Mr. Alexey and his wife Victoria were found guilty of treason and sentenced by a Tallinn court: he was sentenced to 16 years of imprisonment, she was sentenced to 6 years of probation. In addition, the court ordered Dressen to pay € 142,9 thousand (his so-called “criminal income”) and confiscated an apartment owned by the spouses.

Kokhver was detained by officers of the FSB 5 on September 2014 in the Pskov region while crossing the Russian border. According to the newspaper, “during the detention, the Taurus pistol with cartridges, € 5 thousand, 50 thousand rubles, a watch with a built-in voice recorder, as well as materials having the character of a reconnaissance mission” were seized from him.

This August, an Estonian for espionage was sentenced by a Russian court to 15-years of imprisonment with payment of a fine of 100 thousand rubles.

Tallinn did not recognize the legality of the sentence, insisting from the very beginning that Kohvera was detained on Estonian territory.

"The fact that Eston Kohver can be exchanged was started almost immediately, since neither he nor his defense appealed against the verdict, and the convict’s lawyer said that the Estonian Foreign Ministry should decide on the complaint," Kommersant writes.

The decision to exchange the Russian side was made on the basis of the Foreign Intelligence Act, which states: “The state is obliged to fully facilitate the unconditional release of the personnel of the foreign intelligence body of the Russian Federation and members of his family who were detained, arrested or convicted outside the territory of the Russian Federation in connection with the implementation of intelligence activities. "

It is possible that the provisions of this law will be applied to Russian citizens convicted by Ukrainian courts in cases related to the conflict in the Donbas.
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  1. oleg-gr
    oleg-gr 28 September 2015 11: 23 New
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    Estonians honor Donatas Banionis. The exchange scene was repeated almost in the film. The family of Alexei Dressen honor and praise!
    1. SRC P-15
      SRC P-15 28 September 2015 11: 27 New
      13
      Tallinn did not recognize the legality of the sentence, insisting from the very beginning that Kohvera was detained on Estonian territory.

      Yes, for me, even in Papuan! In order to rescue his scout from the dungeon, all means are good.
      1. Sid.74
        Sid.74 28 September 2015 11: 36 New
        12
        Most importantly, Alexey Dressen and his family were dragged out.yes
        1. captain
          captain 28 September 2015 11: 59 New
          +6
          Even if an Estonian intelligence officer was caught in Brussels, then they did everything right.
        2. The comment was deleted.
        3. Sterlya
          Sterlya 28 September 2015 12: 14 New
          +3
          The main thing was returned, but what, how, is not important. The main thing is not to give up!
    2. marlin1203
      marlin1203 28 September 2015 11: 49 New
      +4
      Estonian intelligence ... but who needs them ... are these "espionage giants"?
      1. Major Yurik
        Major Yurik 28 September 2015 11: 57 New
        +2
        Quote: marlin1203
        Estonian intelligence ... but who needs them ... are these "espionage giants"?


        There’s something that is nagging from the fact that Estonia has been treated as a sane country!
        What kind of baltosbrod is it to be human with them, and they are fascist? The poster on the border is bigger: YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED OUR SCENES? - THEN WE GO TO YOU! am
      2. alex74nur
        alex74nur 28 September 2015 12: 09 New
        +3
        Estonian (Latvian, Lithuanian, and now Ukrainian) intelligence has long been working in the interests of the national intelligence services of the United States and Great Britain.
    3. Col.
      Col. 28 September 2015 11: 50 New
      +8
      Quote: oleg-gr
      Estonians honor Donatas Banionis.


      Why Estonians? Banionis is Lithuanian. And we, in Russia, honor him no less than in Lithuania.
    4. Dmitry Toderes
      Dmitry Toderes 28 September 2015 12: 22 New
      +1
      clock with built-in voice recorder


      Classics of the genre bully
    5. Tor5
      Tor5 28 September 2015 13: 13 New
      0
      Yes, the exchange - exactly according to Donatas Banionis!
      1. V.ic
        V.ic 28 September 2015 13: 21 New
        +1
        Quote: Tor5
        Yes, the exchange - exactly according to Donatas Banionis!

        And I thought that according to the / film "The Dead Season" / script and director Savva Kulish! Was it really wrong?
  2. 3 Gorynych
    3 Gorynych 28 September 2015 11: 23 New
    +6
    Everyday intelligence ..!
    1. PENZA
      PENZA 28 September 2015 11: 43 New
      +1
      Everyday life of scouts. Remember and wait.
  3. iouris
    iouris 28 September 2015 11: 24 New
    +1
    Intelligence matters must be kept in secret.
    1. Das Boot
      Das Boot 28 September 2015 14: 53 New
      +1
      Quote: iouris
      Intelligence matters must be kept in secret.

      stopudovo ...
      hhhhhhh ...
  4. inkass_98
    inkass_98 28 September 2015 11: 28 New
    +5
    Dead Season in action. I watched the exchange - everything was done right according to the scenario. They returned our homeland - and thank God.
  5. Das Boot
    Das Boot 28 September 2015 11: 29 New
    +2
    Will Estonia seek a return watch with a voice recorder?
  6. 2224460
    2224460 28 September 2015 11: 29 New
    +2
    As for Dressen, he celebrated his 49th birthday with his family and friends yesterday.
    Welcome back.
  7. INVESTOR
    INVESTOR 28 September 2015 11: 29 New
    0
    Our SVR is also not embroidered. repeat
  8. Aleksandr2012
    Aleksandr2012 28 September 2015 11: 34 New
    +3
    They just learn intelligence on Soviet films!
  9. Tra-ta-ta
    Tra-ta-ta 28 September 2015 11: 42 New
    +1
    ..I will be at home tomorrow..
    Tomorrow I will be drunk ..
    Just congratulations to both.
  10. Abbra
    Abbra 28 September 2015 11: 50 New
    0
    Of course it’s good that ours returned home. But there is something staged in this, from the theater. Such things must be done quietly and beautifully, without screaming in the media.
    1. igordok
      igordok 28 September 2015 13: 17 New
      0
      Quote: Abbra
      Of course it’s good that ours returned home. But there is something staged in this, from the theater. Such things must be done quietly and beautifully, without screaming in the media.

      When you need to do without noise, do without noise. When noise is needed, they will make a NOISE for the whole world.
  11. zadorin1974
    zadorin1974 28 September 2015 11: 51 New
    +3
    Something the headline is not correctly formulated. It is necessary "the Russian intelligence officer was exchanged for a foreign spy!))
  12. Chak
    Chak 28 September 2015 12: 13 New
    +3
    Estonian territory ??? Let us recall that all the major cities in Estonia were founded by ancient Rusichs (Ilmen Slovenes in particular): Tallinn is the Russian city of Kolyvan, Tartu is Yuryev, Narva (Narova) is from the Russian name for the Narova River, Pärnu is Pernov (Perunov grad) . What do the Chukhons have ??? These territories were occupied by the Germans (Teutons), just as the Slavic tribes were driven out / assimilated in the territory of northern and eastern Germany. Estonia as a state appeared only in 1918. with the filing of the Bolsheviks.
    1. holgert
      holgert 28 September 2015 12: 31 New
      0
      ... and Tallinn ----- from Danish Dailin .....
      1. Das Boot
        Das Boot 28 September 2015 13: 09 New
        0
        Quote: holgert
        ... and Tallinn ----- from Danish Dailin .....

        "Danish city" - the main version of the origin of the toponym.
    2. Das Boot
      Das Boot 28 September 2015 13: 07 New
      0
      Quote: ChAK
      Tallinn is the Russian city of Kolyvan

      laughing And etymology Kolyvani follow up?

      Quote: ChAK
      Estonian territory ??? Let's remember that


      indeed, something quickly dispersed on the bridge. Such a topic for discussion, but they ....
      1. V.ic
        V.ic 28 September 2015 14: 07 New
        0
        Quote: Das Boot
        And trace the etymology of Kolyvani?

        Ловите: http://dictionary.sensagent.com/%D0%9A%D0%BE%D0%BB%D1%8B%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%8C
        _(%D0%A2%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%BD)/ru-ru/
        It says: "in the explanatory dictionary of the living Great Russian language of V. Dahl of the second edition, the word" Kolyvan "means a feast, a festival, which clearly indicates the original Russian origin of the toponym, which has a specific meaning"
        1. Das Boot
          Das Boot 28 September 2015 15: 55 New
          0
          Quote: V.ic
          which clearly indicates the original Russian origin of the toponym

          funny wording.
          I personally trust Vasmer, who

          Quote: V.ic
          explicitly indicates

          to Finnish roots.
          But this, of course, is a matter of taste.
          1. V.ic
            V.ic 29 September 2015 06: 45 New
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            Quote: Das Boot
            But this, of course, is a matter of taste

            Quote: Das Boot
            I personally trust Fasmer more

            Your right, however, the Explanatory Dictionary of the Living Great Russian Language, compiled by Vladimir Ivanovich Dahl, still takes precedence over the unfading work of Maximilian Vasmer, who wrote his work in German (if I'm not mistaken). But V.I.Dal wrote in Russian.
  13. holgert
    holgert 28 September 2015 12: 37 New
    +1
    Unequal exchange ===== ours was a super agent working in a deep underground, like Stirlitz in the Reich Chancellery, and the eton one is a simple agent - a provocateur who "went in and out" on our territory, i.e. small saboteur. So in the war, our SMERSH caught in batches and put on the wall ....
    1. Das Boot
      Das Boot 28 September 2015 16: 20 New
      0
      Quote: holgert
      Unequal exchange ===== ours was a super agent working in a deep underground, like Stirlitz in the Reich Chancellery, and this one is a simple agent - a provocateur

      Firstly, Stirlitz is a fictional character, and besides, he did not “work” in the Reich Chancellery. And, secondly, you propose - you had to wait another ten years until the equivalent Estonian "super agent" turned up for an exchange? laughing
  14. Oman 47
    Oman 47 28 September 2015 12: 38 New
    +1
    The normal practice of intelligence services: they caught - proved - evaluated and minimized damage - squeezed to dryness - tried - clicked "partners" on the nose - EXCHANGED.
    Civilized enough.
    Both are at home; everyone is happy.
    Normal working moment.
  15. Oman 47
    Oman 47 28 September 2015 12: 55 New
    0
    During the service, I was twice present at the transfer to the Persians of the soldiers we caught, who fled from sending to the front - there was an Iran-Iraq war.
    Iranian soldiers - skinny village jerks from under Ardebil, a little taller than the German G-3 rifle, with which they were tied.
    Received from their border commissar KSIR. They took him 20 meters to the side and, without any embarrassment, freaked out to the state of half-corpses. Like bags of potatoes thrown into a van.
    Our detachment reconnaissance then said that it was still lucky - they went to the front, and the previous IRGC shot before the ranks, as a warning.
  16. Old officer
    Old officer 28 September 2015 19: 44 New
    0
    [b] As the chief of the Estonian Security Police (KaPo) Arnold Sinisal explained, “Mr. Kohver was granted leave, after which he himself decides whether he will continue to work in the department.”

    I can be mistaken, but in my opinion, “kapo” is something like the elder in the barracks of the prisoner of war camp for fascists. I do not want to draw parallels between Estonians and Americans on this subject, but nonetheless suggestive ideas.
  17. doom25
    doom25 28 September 2015 21: 03 New
    0
    Video sharing
  18. Gunther
    Gunther 29 September 2015 06: 12 New
    0
    I read the original at http://kommersant.ru/doc/2820008, there:
    Last Saturday, an exchange of Estonian secret services Eston Cohver, convicted this year in Moscow, took place for espionage, to Alexei Dressen, who served time in Estonia for spyware activities in favor of Russia.

    those. spy spy
    here:
    ... on the bridge over Piusa, an exchange of Estonian intelligence agent Eston Kohver for Alexei Dressen, who was serving time in Estonia for espionage, took place. Both security officials have already returned to their families, Kommersant writes.

    those. theirs is a scout, ours is a spy.
    It’s not good when they move a fig in your pocket.
    And I agree with zadorin1974:
    ... It is necessary "the Russian intelligence was exchanged for a foreign spy!))

    The only way!
    Article minus.