Karina Tsurkan, the former top manager at the energy company “Inter,” is being charged with transferring a Russian Energy Ministry draft report to Moldovan intelligence agents, her lawyer wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday, citing case materials.
According to prosecutors, Tsurkan shared an electronic copy of an “Energy Ministry draft report on certain aspects of Russian energy companies’ activities involving international cooperation.” Specialists reportedly told the Federal Security Service in December 2016 that the information contained in this report constitutes state secrets.
Tsurkan was born and raised in Moldova. She traded her Moldovan citizenship for Romanian citizenship in 2016. On July 19, federal agents arrested her on espionage charges. Sources previously told journalists that she is suspected of spying for the Romanian government. Tsurkan maintains her innocence.