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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Scientist Convicted in State Secrets Trial

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- A Vladivostok court on Monday found a scientist guilty of divulging state secrets and gave him a two-year suspended sentence. He was then freed under an amnesty.

Vladimir Shchurov was convicted of leaking state secrets in connection with a research project involving the Pacific Oceanological Institute, where he is a laboratory chief, and China's Harbin Engineering University.

The scientist initially was charged on five counts, including illegal export of military technology and information. But the Primorye regional court dropped four counts, leaving only the charge of revealing sensitive information.

Prosecutors and the FSB claimed the acoustic measurement equipment developed by Shchurov and used in the joint project to study ocean noises and signals could be used for military purposes such as detecting submarines.