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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Overturns Ruling on Mirzayanov Case

Vil Mirzayanov, the chemist who is suing the government for causing personal damages to him during a trial, has lost his case in the court where he initially won it, a court official said Thursday.

The closed session of the Perovsky district court Thursday rejected Mirzayanov's suit against his former employer and the Public Prosecutor's Office for prosecuting him on charges of having leaked military secrets, said Olga Chernykh, the secretary at the session.

Mirzayanov, who had headed counterintelligence at the secret chemical weapons institute, was imprisoned for a total of 40 days during the 15-month investigation and trial.

He was formally charged after he had publicly accusing Russia of developing and concealing new chemical weapons.

The latest session was the third to consider Mirzayanov's complaint. The judge, Nadezhda Valuyeva, reversed the previous decision by the same court's chairman two months ago granting Mirzayanov's suit and ordering the Public Prosecutor and the institute to pay the scientist 30 million rubles ($14,000).

Mirzayanov was not available for comment, but his wife said that he intended to continue his efforts to punish the government.

Mirzayanov is currently also suing the Interior Ministry for denying him a passport to travel abroad on the grounds that he possesses secret information.