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Swedish Court Rules Against Russian Accused Of Spying

March 16, 2006 -- A Swedish court decided today to continue to keep a Russian researcher in custody on charges of spying for a foreign power.

The Stockholm District Court ruled there was enough evidence against Andrei Zamiatnin to keep him detained.

He was initially ordered to remain in custody until March 3, but that deadline was extended by two weeks, before being extended one more time today.

Zamiatnin was working as a visiting researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala when he was arrested last month.

Security police have refused to disclose what country he is accused of working for, or elaborate on the nature of the espionage allegations.

The arrest of Zamiatnin has angered Russia, which has demanded his swift release.

(AFP, Reuters)

Copyright (c) 2006. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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