Russian officer convicted of spying for CIA.

A military court on Friday convicted a Russian officer of…

A military court on Friday convicted a Russian officer of passing missile secrets to the CIA and sentenced him to 13 years in prison, officials said.

Lt.-Col. Vladimir Nesterets also was stripped of his military rank after he pleaded guilty to passing classified information about Russian missile tests to the CIA 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 missiles.

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A Russian space engineer received a 13-year jail sentence Friday on charges of passing secret strategic missile data to the US Central Intelligence Agency in return for cash.

Russia’s FSB security service said test engineer Vladimir Nesterets from the country’s northern Plesetsk cosmodrome admitted receiving cash payments for information about “tests on Russia’s latest strategic missile systems.”

Source: The Associated Press; AFP

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