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Russia Convicts Officer of Spying

November 11, 2002

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MOSCOW (AP) _ A military court convicted a Russian military officer of espionage Monday, reportedly for providing state secrets to the CIA.

In a closed trial, the court sentenced Col. Alexander Sypachev to eight years in a maximum-security labor camp and stripped him of his rank, the Russian military prosecutor’s office said.

The prosecutor’s office did not provide details about the alleged espionage. U.S. Embassy officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Interfax news agency said Sypachev, a Russian intelligence agent, was detained in April and accused of divulging state secrets to the CIA and other offenses.

Interfax quoted Moscow district military court official Yevgeny Komissarov as saying Sypachev wrote a two-page report about Russian intelligence personnel for his American contacts.

The verdict said Sypachev was detained by the Federal Security Service after he placed an envelop containing the report in a secret location, Interfax reported.

Komissarov said Sypachev had pleaded guilty and cooperated with investigators.

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