Court finds former intelligence officer Kravtsov guilty of high treason

The Moscow City Court has found Gennady Kravtsov, former intelligence officer, guilty of supplying to the West secret information on the spacecraft Tselina-2.

The Moscow City Court has sentenced Gennady Kravtsov, a former intelligence officer, who was found guilty of providing secret information on the spacecraft Tselina-2 to the West, thus committing high treason, to 14 years in a high-security penal colony, an Interfax correspondent has reported, citing the resolution part of the sentence handed down by Justice Nikolai Tkachuk.

During the presentation of arguments on September 14, the prosecutor asked the court to sentence Kravtsov to 15 years in prison.

The sentence states that Kravtsov's guilt is confirmed by the evidence given by his former fellow servicemen and a polygraph test.

"The polygraph test showed that Kravtsov hid his contacts with the foreign state," the sentence says.

The court found that the information provided by Kravtsov constitutes a state secret that he assumed an obligation not to disclose when he began his service.

Kravtsov's detention was reported on February 6. His lawyer said investigators believe the former intelligence officer committed high treason by sending his resume to Sweden. Specifically, Kravtsov was accused of disclosing information on the spacecraft Tselina-2 and information on his position.

According to public information sources, the Tsenina-2 is intended for radiotechnical intelligence.

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