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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kalugin Sentenced to 15 Years for Treason

The Moscow City Court sentenced former KGB General Oleg Kalugin to 15 years in a maximum security prison Wednesday for passing secrets to the United States during the Cold War.

Kalugin, who ran the KGB's counterintelligence department from 1973-80, was found guilty of treason for "damaging national security," Interfax and Itar-Tass reported.

Kalugin, who lives in the United States, was found guilty of treason and sentenced to 15 years in a maximum security prison. He will also be stripped of all military ranks and honors.

In a radio interview shortly after the verdict, Kalugin insisted that "no guilt was proven" and that the trial was an act of revenge by his former colleagues.

"This day shows that the Soviet system is still alive in Russia," Kalugin said.

He said he had no fears that he would be extradited to Russia.

Kalugin's court-appointed lawyer, Yevgeny Baru, said he would appeal the verdict.

But the court convicted Kalugin of giving away state secrets in his 1994 book "The First Directorate," written with a U.S. journalist, the reports said.

In the book, Kalugin described his KGB career, including information about Americans who had worked as Soviet agents.