Andrei Soldatov, an expert on Russian secret services from Moscow, says that Russian security service's (FSB) explanations for Eston Kohver's arrest indicates he fell into a well-set trap.
Soldatov suggests that Kohver probably did attempt to recruit an informant from the FSB's Pskov office but the official he approached alerted his superiors.
In Soldatov's opinion, court documents from September 6 that allowed Kohver to be detained for two months, suggest that V.V. Ivanov's [FSB official said to have been recruited by Kohver] superiors then staged the recruitment and the handing over of the cash to obtain necessary proof.
Kohver's state-appointed lawyer Yevgeni Aksyonov told Postimees that Kohver had indeed been watched by the FSB for some time but concrete evidence for the alleged recruitment is yet to be released.
According to the FSB version of the events Kohver met their official V.V. Ivanov in Russia at least three times before his capture.
Estonian Internal Security Services (ISS) insist that at the time of his abduction Kohver was in the process of interdiction of a cross-border crime.