Comment by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on statements by Western politicians concerning the judgment in the Eston Kohver case
We are surprised at the reaction of our foreign partners to the decision of the Pskov Regional Court concerning Eston Kohver, a national of the Republic of Estonia, who, after a thorough investigation, was found guilty of violating a number of articles in the Russian Criminal Code, including espionage, smuggling and carrying of weapons, and the illegal crossing of the border. We must remind our partners that the trial was carried out in strict compliance with Russian law and under the rules of criminal procedure, international law and the rights of an Estonian citizen.
We cannot but interpret the loud statements on this case as an attempt to politicise the criminal case, the legality and validity of the judgment of which is beyond any doubt.
20 August 2015