In Estonia, deprived of citizenship, the wife of the convicted for espionage in favor of Russia Aleksei dressen
The government of Estonia at session on Thursday, November 3, decided to revoke the citizenship of country Victoria Dressen – spouse of a former employee of the security police of the country Aleksei dressen, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for espionage in favor of Russia. It is reported Postimees.ee.
“She (Victoria Dressen) filed an application for Estonian citizenship at the time when for the past five years… acted in the Republic of Estonia against the security of the country”, – said the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers, which is quoted by RIA “Novosti”. For this reason, the Ministry of interior proposed to the government to deprive Dressen Estonian citizenship, explained in the Cabinet. With this proposal, the Cabinet asked the Minister of internal Affairs Hanno Pevkur.
The interior Ministry was asked to consider that Victoria Dresses “was working for the Russian FSB and in its interests and in the granting of the petition for Estonian citizenship submitted false information and concealed the actual circumstances.” The nationality of the woman was granted naturalization in 2008.
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said at a press conference following the meeting Thursday that the government took such a decision for the first time in the history of the country. “We have a traitor to the state deprived of the Estonian citizenship. This is a precedent,” said Rõivas. Until now, citizenship was deprived of the only persons who become citizens of another country.
The security police detained Aleksei dressen and his wife February 22, 2012 in the airport of Tallinn, when Victoria was about to fly to Moscow. The police reported that the woman was in possession of discovered data carrier with secret information. February 23 Dressen was taken into custody and his wife was released.
The Estonian court in July of the same year recognized Aleksei dressen guilty of treason and transfer of internal information. The defendant was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Victoria Dressen was found guilty of treason and aiding and abetting in the transmission of internal information. She was sentenced to six years imprisonment, with five years probation.
In September last year, convicted in Russia for 15 years for spying employee of the Estonian special services Astana Kohora traded Alexei Dressen. The exchange took place at the border checkpoint “Kunichina Gora” in the Pskov region on the bridge over the river Piusa. Before the exchange, the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves signed a decree to pardon Dressen. After an exchange of Dressen went to Moscow, which by that time was already his wife Victoria.
Received Estonian citizenship in 1993 by naturalization Dressed while in custody, wrote a letter renouncing citizenship on 31 August 2015. In September of the same year the Minister of internal Affairs Hanno Pevkur announced that it will appeal to the government to deprive Dressen Estonian citizenship. The Cabinet of Ministers adopted the corresponding decision on October 15.