Russian authorities have added new charges of arms smuggling and unlawful crossing of the Russian border to the case of an Estonian police officer, Eston Kohver, who was kidnapped near the Russian border in southern Estonia last year. Kohver was earlier accused of espionage by authorities in Moscow.
Kohver was kidnapped after a skirmish on the Estonian side of the border on 5 September 2014 and was immediately transported and incarcerated in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison. According to Estonian authorities, smoke grenades were used during the abduction as was sophisticated communications jamming equiment.
Kommersant reports that Kohver was interrogated on April 17. His lawyer, Yevgeny Aksyonov, says that Kohver was apparently shown a videotape made in the region where he was abducted. According to the lawyer, the videotape included interviews of members of a Russian border guard unit and Russian counter-intelligence. Kover was also shown video of someone -who Russian authorities ostensibly claim is Kohver- is seen crossing the Russian border at various times.