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Russian Spy Sentenced to 12 Years

March 23, 1998

MOSCOW (AP) _ A Russian military court sentenced an army officer Monday to 12 years in a maximum-security prison for trying to sell secret data about Russia’s missile forces to an American security agency.

Maj. Igor Dudnik was convicted of ``high treason in the form of espionage,″ the Interfax news agency reported, citing Russia’s Federal Security Service, the main successor to the KGB.

Dudnik, who had served with the strategic missile group in the Ural Mountains’ Orenburg region 750 miles southeast of Moscow, was arrested a year ago.

Reports have said he intended to offer the CIA or some other American security agency secret information about the number, condition and exact location of the group’s strategic missiles, including the silo-based RS-20 and mobile RS-22 and RS-12M Topol.

Dudnik counted on receiving $500,000 for his information, Interfax said.

According to Federal Security Service officials, the data, if delivered, would have caused Russia hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and would have resulted in Russia’s loss of its capability to use its largest missile force effectively.

The Strategic Missile Forces’ military court also ordered that Dudnik’s property be confiscated, Interfax reported.

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