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Two Russians sentenced to 12, 9 years for spying - FSB

RIA Novosti

20/10/2008 19:13 MOSCOW, October (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow City Court sentenced on Monday two Russians for spying, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said.

The FSB said Y.N. Alekseyev and his wife, I.A. Starikova, were sentenced to 12 and nine years, respectively, in a high-security prison on charges of high treason, specifically spying for a Southeast Asian country.

The couple admitted to gathering and passing secret military information to a foreign intelligence service.

"They have received more than $300,000 from a foreign intelligence agent for the transfer of the said [secret] documents," the FSB said, without identifying the country in question.

It added that the couple was caught red-handed in 2007.

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