Russian citizen carrying classified documents apprehended at Otopeni Airport

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The prosecutors with the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism are probing into a criminal group made up of Russian and Romanian citizens, after a Russian citizen was caught at Bucharest’s International Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport on Oct. 19 while attempting to leave Romania by carrying documents and geological maps issued by the Romanian state authorities.

According to the Directorate, the documents contained classified information and data about copper and rare metals deposits at Moldova Noua and Suvorov mines.

The Directorate prosecutors say decision makers with Bucharest-based Ipromin SA Mining Research Institute disclosed to persons in the Russian Federation’s business circles classified information and documents relating the copper and rare metals deposits in Moldova Noua (southwestern Romania).

The prosecutors are carrying out checks into the authenticity of the paperwork, the classified character of the information and documents, the negative impact on national security and the effects made on the national economy and the competition, with the required legal measures to be taken.

The intelligence support was provided by the Romanian Intelligence Service.

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