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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Officer Suspected of Espionage

Law enforcement officials have detained a security officer on suspicion of spying for Lithuania, the Federal Security Service announced Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Khitryuk of the Federal Prison Service has been accused of inducing Russian-military and security officers to provide secret documents to the Lithuanians for money, the FSB said.

"Irrefutable proof of spying activity of the Lithuanian special services' agent has been obtained," the FSB press service said.

It said Khitryuk's detention in Kaliningrad had prevented a leak of classified military information about combat and mobilization readiness of the Baltic fleet and troops deployed in the Kaliningrad region.

The Baltic Sea enclave is separated from the rest of Russia by NATO members Poland and Lithuania.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas said Tuesday that his nation had no spies in Russia. His adviser, Mindaugus Jurkynas, said that the allegations would be investigated by Lithuania's law enforcement agencies.