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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Military Reporter Wins Libel Case




VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- A Russian military journalist who was accused of treason after reporting on nuclear- waste dumping said Tuesday he had won a libel suit against a security official who called him a spy.


A military court in the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok acquitted Navy Captain Grigory Pasko of treason charges last summer after a two-year trial. He had been accused of divulging information about the combat-readiness of Russia's Pacific Fleet to Japanese television.


After the trial closed, the chief of the Federal Security Service's Pacific Fleet department, Admiral Nikolai Sotskov, called Pasko a Japanese spy in a newspaper interview.


Pasko sued for libel, and Monday a court in Vladivostok ordered Sotskov to pay him 25,000 rubles ($860) for moral damage, Pasko said. Sotskov was expected to appeal the ruling.


During his treason trial, Pasko acknowledged giving information to Japan's NHK television about nuclear- waste dumping by the Pacific Fleet in the Sea of Japan. But he said he did not divulge any state secrets.