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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Slams Trial

MOSCOW () -- Russia's foreign intelligence service blasted the trial of former East German spymaster Markus Wolf as "illegal" Thursday, Interfax reported.

"The philosophy of reunification entails a strict undertaking by both sides not to pursue officials who carried out their duty, on either side," the service's spokeswoman, Tatyana Samolis, was quoted as saying.

Samolis said the trial was therefore "illegal" and evidence against Wolf, now 73, had been "fabricated."

She added that if the trial was carried out in full, West German Cold War-era intelligence officials would also have to be tried for their activities.

Wolf headed the Stasi, East Germany's secret services, from 1958 to 1986.

He was sentenced in 1993 to six years' jail for treason and corruption, but the conviction was quashed in 1995 as unconstitutional and he has stayed free.