Swedish man caught spying on Volvo for Russian diplomat
A tale of espionage, five-star safety and Mother Russia
When you think of Russia's car industry, what comes to mind? UAZ? GAZ? Undercover spies gathering classified intel on Volvo? Sveriges Television (SVT) reports that a 47-year-old Swedish man has been suspected of doing just that and handing over information to a Russian diplomat. The unidentified individual had worked for several Swedish companies as a consultant and had been transferring data from computers to personal memory drives.
Image accredited to Scania
Swedish authorities intercepted a transaction of 27,800 Swedish Krona ($3,300 USD) in exchange for Volvo and Scania's automotive data. Prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist told Reuters that the crime is serious and "if convicted, the suspect could expect a lengthy sentence". Whilst Scania had confirmed that the man worked as a consultant for the company, Volvo and Russia have refused to comment on the matter.
Marussia B2 / Credit: SolidSatan via Wikimedia Commons
Whilst Russian cars may not be the first word in luxury or performance, there are a few gems that stand out. The Marussia B2 was an incredible driver's car, the Aurus Senat makes quite the statement (even if it looks like a dodgy Rolls-Royce) and the UAZ Patriot is an affordable off-roader coming to the United States. Who knows, maybe the Russians are about to produce a game-changing luxury car and need tips from Volvo...