RUSSIAN SAILOR SUSPECTED OF SPYING ARRESTED IN NORTH CYPRUS

Nanec Hikov, a Russian crew member on the Russian cargo vessel Natali 1, was taken into custody in the North Cyprus port of Famagusta over a purported episode of espionage, as disclosed in Turkish Cypriot media accounts earlier this month. He was allegedly discovered photographing Turkish troopships, and occupation authorities expressly ban any and all photo taking and filming in the vicinity of the port, the site of a pronounced security presence. Following Hikov’s arrest, the Natali 1 was subjected to a going-over by authorities, which did not reveal anything questionable beyond the cargo of cigarettes and wheat. The Russian embassy was advised of the incident, but failed to issue a comment immediately. Hikov continues to be detained, according to the most recent reports.


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