German authorities charged a man with espionage after he allegedly passed floor plans of the country’s parliament buildings in Berlin to Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, officials say.

The man, identified only as Jens F. in accordance with German privacy rules, worked for a company that carried out electrical maintenance in the Bundestag and other government premises. The Bundestag is located inside the Reichstag.

“The defendant had access to PDF files with the floor plans,” federal prosecutors said in a statement on Thursday, adding that it appears that the man “decided of his own accord” to carry out the act.

Prosecutors say that in 2017, the 55-year old Jens F. sent the PDF files to an officer with Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, located in the Russian Embassy.

The German magazine Der Speigel said that according to sources within the investigation the suspect is a former army officer who allegedly had links with the Stasi secret police between 1984 and 1990. The Stasi was the feared East German secret police that had thousands of operatives and informants. Jens F. had been under suspicion for quite some time and authorities had searched his home in 2019.

The case follows a pattern of the Russian intelligence agencies taking a much more proactive approach of not only gathering intelligence but acting on it. SOFREP recently spoke with former CIA Acting Director of Operations Jack Devine and he mentioned that the unwritten “Moscow Rules” among intelligence agencies have been tossed out the window under President Putin. The podcast with Mr. Devine will post on March 5th. SOFREP also reviewed his book Spymaster’s Prism, the Fight Against Russian Aggression where he goes into detail about Russian meddling.

The Russian intelligence agencies meddled with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Additionally, hackers targeted several U.S federal agencies including the Treasury Department, the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the State Department, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – as well as numerous businesses and the cybersecurity firm FireEye.

German intelligence officials have expressed concern that Russia will meddle in their upcoming federal elections later this year. In May of last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed reports that she had been targeted by hackers possibly linked to the GRU.