Internal Security Agency detains man suspected of spying for Russia

Poland’s Internal Security Agency has arrested a man suspected of cooperation with Russian secret services.

Stanisław Żaryn, the spokesperson of Poland’s Secret Services Minister-Coordinator, informed on Monday that the Internal Security Agency (ABW) has arrested a Polish citizen, Piotr Ś. (name withheld under Polish privacy laws), suspected of spying.

According to Mr Żaryn, the man “is suspected of declaring his willingness to cooperate with Russian services against the Republic of Poland.”

Internal Security Agency officers searched the man’s property and workplace, where they found an illegal gun and ammunition. The ABW also secured all hard drives and documents found during the search.

The properties of all the people with whom Piotr Ś. had contact have also been searched.

The man was additionally charged with illegal gun ownership and possession of false documents. The Warsaw district court decided to temporarily arrest the suspect for three months. He is now awaiting trial.