It is the moment when a life changes.
When plain clothes officers from Russia’s top spy agency, the FSB, come for you.
Handcuffs and cameras at the ready, the high-quality video handouts from the FSB press service after the arrest are intended as a warning and to scare the widest possible audience.
This is what happened last week to 30-year-old Ivan Safronov – a former journalist and long-time member of the Kremlin reporter pool who had recently started work at Russia’s space agency Roscosmos.
On Monday, he will face charges of alleged treason.
According to his lawyer, investigators allege that in 2017 Safronov passed information regarding Russian arms ties with an unnamed African or Middle Eastern state to Czech intelligence, after five years of contacts.
Over that period, Safronov was covering defence and security issues first at Kommersant and then Vedemosti – two major Russian broadsheets.