The Swedish security police have arrested a man who is now charged with industrial espionage against Volvo Cars and Scania. The man was arrested at a restaurant in Stockholm and is suspected of having provided Russia with information about the Swedish vehicle manufacturers.
The man is a former Chalmers researcher who worked as a consultant for Volvo Cars. At the time of the arrest, the man had a pass to Scania in Södertälje.
When the man was arrested at the restaurant, he was there with a famous Russian spy named Yevgeny Umerenko. Umerenko has previously been active in Germany.
– He still denies the crime, says the man’s lawyer Taavi Tuula, to Expressen.
During interrogation, the suspected spy says that he knew the Russian intelligence officer for several years and that he passed on money to him and his family. Always in cash that was placed in envelopes and handed over in public places.
It was a bit “hush-hush” about the money, the man says, but denies that it had anything to do with espionage.
– I claim that he as a consultant at his previous workplaces has acquired material in order to hand it over to a foreign power, in this case Russia, says Mats Ljungqvist, prosecutor at the national unit for security purposes, to Expressen.
Scouted since 2017
The security police have had the man under surveillance since 2017 and on several occasions, the man has received money from his Russian contact. At the time of the arrest, the man had received around 3000 USD.
Volvo Cars have commented on the arrest for the industry magazine Automotive News and announced that they are aware of the case. Scania confirmed to the newspaper that the man worked for the company as a consultant.