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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jailed Pasko to Run For Council Seat

A military journalist charged with passing secrets about Russia's navy to Japanese media is running for city council in the Far East port of Vladivostok, an official said Tuesday.

Captain Grigory Pasko is in jail in Vladivostok on charges of high treason for allegedly giving out classified information about the combat readiness of the Russian Pacific Fleet.

Pasko, a reporter for the military newspaper Boyevaya Vakhta, or Combat Vigil, maintains that the documents only detailed environmental problems at several Russian naval bases.

He registered to run in the Jan. 17 election for the Vladivostok legislature, and the electoral commission has approved his candidacy, election committee chairman Ilya Grinchenko said Tuesday, Itar-Tass reported. About 140 candidates are expected to compete for 22 city council seats.

Pasko's aide Sergei Ivanchenko said the campaign was aimed at drawing attention to Pasko's case and helping obtain his released from pretrial detention, among other things, Itar-Tass reported.