Moldovan woman arrested in Russia, charged with spying for Romania

Carina Ţurcan, a 44-year old woman from Republic of Moldova, member of the Inter Rao board of directors, has been arrested in Russia, being charged with spying for Romania, TASS informs, quoted by and

‘Kommersant’ informs that Carina Turcan was arrested on Friday by the FSB agents, who searched her office and her house.

The woman was in charge with electric power exports and imports of the Cuciurgan electric plant, and until 2012 she managed the company’s Moldova-Ukraine-Romania division.

“She is suspect of spying for Romania,” sources have said.

TASS previously informed that the magistrates of the Lefortovo Court accepted the prosecutors’ request that Turcan is placed under remand. The court did not comment on the file, as it is considered ‘secret’.

The company’s website reads that Carina Valerievna Turcan was born in 1974, she studied in R. of Moldova and has graduated an MBA in Spain. The website reads that she also has Russian citizenship.

The company has informed that Turcan is currently on holiday. Her lawyers have asked for her release, but the decision will be made on an unspecified deadline. For spying she could be sentenced to up to 20-year imprisonment. The remand ends on August 13, TASS further informs.

Inter Rao owns, among others, the biggest thermoelectric plant in R. of Moldova, at Cuciurgan. Inter Rao supplied electricity to Romania in the previous decade.

In the file are allegedly involved high officials with the Russian energy ministry, according to Kommersant. The source claims Turcan collaborated with businessmen who reportedly have connections with the Romanian intelligence services.

A source quoted by Interfax argues that Turcan is charged with having possession of state secrets delivered to a country in Eastern Europe. The Russian high official investigated is the Deputy Energy Minister Viacheslav Kravchenko, who allegedly accepted to testify against Turcan.


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