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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Pardons Spy

MOSCOW -- President Boris Yeltsin on Wednesday pardoned a former Soviet diplomat convicted of spying for the United States and freed him from prison, officials said.

Vladimir Makarov was absolved because he provided Russia with a great deal of information about his work for the CIA in the 1970s and 1980s, said a spokesman for the Federal Security Service, a KGB successor.

"Actually, we supported his appeal for pardon because he had considerably assisted the investigation,'' said spokesman Igor Ustyakin. "Besides, he fully repented.''

A Moscow court sentenced Makarov in July to a reduced sentence of seven years in prison, security officials said.