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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Trepashkin Faces Move to New Jail

The Sverdlovsk region's top human rights official said Thursday that she would try to move Mikhail Trepashkin, a former Federal Security Service, or FSB, officer serving out a four-year sentence on charges of revealing state secrets, to a different prison for his own safety.

"There really are threats to his life, but they are not from the FSB, but rather the prisoners themselves. They don't like him much," the official, Tatyana Merzlyakova, told Interfax.

"There are particular arrangements in prison," she added, without elaborating.

Trepashkin, a former FSB lieutenant colonel, was sent to the Nizhny Tagil prison after the Moscow Military District Court convicted him of divulging state secrets and illegal possession of ammunition on May 4, 2004. He says the FSB fabricated his case because it was displeased with his critical investigation into the 1999 apartment bombings.

Trepashkin was released in August and then rearrested in Moscow in September when a Sverdlovsk region court overturned a lower court decision to release him early for good behavior.