Russian intelligence official ‘moved to fearsome high-security Moscow prison’ as Putin steps up purge

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Top FSB general ‘moved to Moscow’s high-security prison’ as Putin steps up purge of spies who ‘told him Ukrainians would welcome invasion’

  • Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB’s 5th service, was previously under house arrest
  • He has now been remanded to the infamous Lefortovo prison.
  • This decision will be seen as a warning to other senior Vladimir Putin officials.

A top FSB intelligence official has been moved to a high-security prison in Moscow as Vladimir Putin purges his secret service following the botched invasion of Ukraine, according to reports.

Colonel General Sergei Beseda, 68, head of the 5th service of the Federal Security Service (FSB), was previously under house arrest.

He has now been remanded in the infamous Lefortovo prison, suggesting he will face major charges for intelligence failures, it is claimed.

Colonel General Sergei Beseda (pictured), 68, head of the 5th service of the Federal Security Service (FSB), was previously under house arrest

The move will be seen as a warning to other senior Putin officials who should take responsibility for the huge Russian death toll in Ukraine.

Beseda’s case is being investigated by the Investigative Committee’s military investigation department, said Russian intelligence expert Andrei Soldatov, who revealed Lefortovo’s decision.

Beseda, head of FSB intelligence and political subversion in the former USSR, had traveled to Ukraine shortly before his arrest.

Putin is said to fear moles leaking invasion plans to the West, and Beseda was detained along with his deputy Anatoly Bolyukh, but had been under house arrest until now. Bolyukh’s current status is unclear.

He has now been remanded in the infamous Lefortovo prison, suggesting he will face major charges for intelligence failures, it is claimed.

He has now been remanded in the infamous Lefortovo prison, suggesting he will face major charges for intelligence failures, it is claimed.

Putin is said to fear moles leaking invasion plans to the West, and Beseda was detained along with his deputy Anatoly Bolyukh (above), but had been under house arrest until now

Putin is said to fear moles leaking invasion plans to the West, and Beseda was detained along with his deputy Anatoly Bolyukh (above), but had been under house arrest until now

The Russian leader had been convinced by secret service briefings that his troops would be welcomed by many Ukrainians and win a quick victory. In reality, they ran into relentless opposition.

Lefortovo Prison notoriously held political prisoners during Soviet times and is regularly used to incarcerate suspected traitors.

Last month, Putin also fired the deputy head of Russia’s national guard.

Beseda was a longtime official of Putin’s secret service and had served as head of the FSB’s 5th service since 2009.

Russia has not confirmed his arrest or detention at Lefortovo.

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