An Adelaide woman accused of being a spy says she has worked with Russian nationals, but denies feeding intelligence to the Kremlin.
Marina Sologub’s western suburbs home was raided in February 2023, and her visa cancelled after concerns were raised over her Russian links by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
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The 39-year-old been detained at a Melbourne immigration facility until at least July while she awaits an Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision on her visa.
“Of course I am innocent,” she told 7NEWS in an exclusive interview from detention.
“I have nothing to hide.”
The mother of one was born in Kazakhstan, but spent most of her life in Ireland, where she worked at the National Space Centre.
After moving to Australia in 2020 on a Global Talent visa, she worked as a consultant in the space industry and later as a procurement adviser for the City of Marion, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Sologub said she worked with Russians at the Nation Space Centre in Ireland, but denies being a Russian spy.
“The whole situation is very devastating, for me, for (my) family, it’s breaking us apart,” she said.
“If I was a Russian spy the Australian government for sure will never invite me.”
Minister for Home Affairs Claire O’Neil cancelled Sologum’s visa after ASIO issued an adverse security assessment relating to Sologub.
The Department of Home Affairs said in a statement it did not comment on individual cases, but said the minister had the power to cancel a visa if the applicant did not pass the character test, and the minister believed the cancellation was in the national interest.
Her lawyer, who did not want to be named, said the agency had provided little information about her case, making it difficult to fight in the tribunal.
Sologub was not facing criminal charges.
Her husband of 20 years, Alexander Sologub, said the family were devastated by her arrest.
“Time has stopped for me,” he said.
“We came to Australia for the Australian dream … We got Australian horror. Our life is never going to be the same.”
Sologub’s detention has made headlines in Ireland, where local media are reporting Sologub was an ethnic Russian who worked with Irish members of parliament.
– With Hannah Foord
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