‘I’d be willing to work against this government with Satan himself’. We talked to a suburban Russian policeman who spied for the CIA, fought in eastern Ukraine, and got 13 years in jail for treason

In 2015, former police officer Yevgeny Chistov was sentenced to 13 years in prison for treason. While Chistov was working in law enforcement in the Moscow suburbs, he passed confidential information about Russia’s police force as well as a number of other government agencies to the CIA. Meduza special correspondent Pavel Merzlikin made contact with Chistov, who is serving his sentence in a prison colony. Told in a combination of reporting and directly transcribed dialogues, this is his story.