Russian Spy in Academia: Former Professor Sentenced in Estonia

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.18 - 2024 1:53 PM CET

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Vyacheslav Morozov, a former university professor, was found guilty of espionage activities

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On Tuesday, June 18, the Harju District Court in Estonia sentenced Vyacheslav Morozov to six years and three months in prison for spying for Russia.

The former professor at Tartu University was accused of collecting and sharing sensitive information about Estonia's internal politics, defense, and security policies with Russian intelligence.

According to the indictment, Morozov gathered information on Estonia's political situation, its relationships with the EU, and details about key individuals and infrastructure related to these areas.

Margo Palloson, Director General of the Estonian Security Police, confirmed to the ERR news agency that Morozov regularly met with Russian special services in Russia to transmit this information.

Academic Background

Morozov's academic career included roles at St. Petersburg State University until 2010.

He later joined the University of Tartu, where he held various positions, including Professor of European Union and Russian Studies from 2016 to 2023, and Professor of International Political Theory until January 2024.

The court sentenced Morozov to six years and three months in prison, starting from January 3, 2024, the date of his detention on suspicion of espionage.

This case is part of Estonia's recent efforts to combat espionage, following the sentencing of a pro-Kremlin politician in May on similar charges.