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01/14/1997

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Emigre in Israel Admits to Espionage

TEL AVIV -- An electrical engineer who immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union in 1981 has admitted to spying for Moscow, court sources said Monday. Anatoly Gendler, 48, was a deputy manager of the state electricity authority and was accused of providing Soviet and then Russian intelligence with information on Israel's electrical generating and distribution systems and its military installations. Appearing in court Sunday, Gendler admitted spying for the former KGB Soviet intelligence service but said he stopped five years ago, the sources said. Gendler said he had been linked to the KGB since 1970 and was blackmailed into continuing his work for the agency after emigrating from Moldova since his parents remained in Russia as virtual hostages, sources said. The exact date of Gendler's arrest remains unknown. His identity was not revealed until Sunday's court appearance.

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