Ex-Russian Intelligence Officer Sentenced
MOSCOW (AP) _ A military court sentenced a former Russian intelligence officer on Wednesday to 18 years in prison for espionage on behalf of a U.S. intelligence service.
Alexander Zaporozhskiy was arrested in Russia in 2001 and charged with state treason in the form of passing on information about Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service and its officers, said Yevgeniy Komissarov, a spokesman for the Moscow military district court.
Zaporozhskiy, 52, worked as a deputy chief of the first department of the Foreign Intelligence Service until 1997, Komissarov said.
The court decision also stripped him of his rank of colonel and of merit medals, Komissarov said.
Zaporozhskiy pleaded not guilty, Komissarov said. He will appeal the sentence to Russia’s Supreme Court, said his lawyer, Maria Veselova, according to the ITAR-TASS news agency.