Russian Spy Exchanged Four Years Ago Is Back In Estonia, Seeking Asylum

Artem Zinchenko, who was convicted in Estonia several years ago for working for the Russian special services and exchanged in a 2018 prisoner swap for Estonian businessman Raivo Susi, has returned to Estonia and is seeking political asylum. Zinchenko, 35, told the Estonian news outlet Eesti Paevaleht in an interview that he returned to Estonia because he disagreed with Russia's invasion of Ukraine almost nine months ago. "On February 24, everything that was between me and my country was destroyed for me," he said, referring to the date Russia invaded Ukraine.