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Poteyev Treason Verdict Upheld

Published: August 10, 2011 (Issue # 1669)


TheSupreme Court upheld onTuesday theverdict fora former intelligence colonel sentenced inabsentia oncharges ofbetraying U.S.-based Russian sleeper agents last year, RIA-Novosti reported.

Alexander Poteyev was given 25 years inprison ontreason anddesertion charges bya Moscow district military court inJune. He was also stripped ofhis rank andhis state awards.

Poteyev is accused ofidentifying 10 agents ofthe Foreign Intelligence Service tothe Americans. Theagents pleaded guilty andwere returned toRussia last summer ina spy swap.

Lawyers forPoteyev, who investigators say fled tothe United States not long before theagents were exposed, contested theJune ruling, admitting that proof ofhis guilt was undeniable but asking toslash thesentence andreturn his medals, RIA-Novosti reported.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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