Russia jails retired colonel for 'spying' for US

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 01, 2012 09:50 hrs

A Russian court has jailed a retired Russian colonel for 12 years on charges of spying for the United States.

A court in Moscow said that Col Vladimir Lazar passed computer disks containing 7,000 scanned images of printed maps, bought from a collector, and gave them to a US spy.

Prosecutors claimed Lazar went to Belarus to hand the disks over via a mediator, the BBC reports.

The US intelligence agent, named as Alexander Lesment, then passed the maps on to the Pentagon, prosecutors added.

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement that Lazar had been serving in the 'military-technical department of the general headquarters of the high command.'

According to the report, prosecutors said earlier that he had been accused of working with US intelligence since 1994. (ANI)

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