Russian Officer Convicted of Spying for CIA

Medvedev praised Russia

From the AP:  A military court on Friday convicted a Russian officer of providing the CIA with secret information on Russia’s new intercontinental ballistic missiles and sentenced him to 13 years in prison.

Lt. Col. Vladimir Nesterets pleaded guilty to passing on that classified information in exchange for money, said the Federal Security Service, the main agency that replaced the KGB.

The agency said Nesterets committed treason as he worked as a senior engineer at the Plesetsk launch pad in northwestern Russia, a facility the military uses to launch satellites and test its new missile systems.

The security service’s terse statement did not say when Nesterets had been arrested or give any further details about his case. . . .

Earlier this week, Putin’s protege, President Dmitry Medvedev, praised the Federal Security Service for exposing 41 foreign intelligence officers and 158 of their agents last year.  (graphic: Russia Today)

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