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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Former Colonel Given 12 Years for Treason

A military court on Friday convicted a former officer of spying for a European country and sentenced him to 12 years in prison.

The Moscow District Military Court established that Valentin Shabaturov, a reserve colonel in the armed forces, was recruited by and worked actively with a foreign intelligence service from 1999 to 2006, damaging national security by revealing state secrets, court spokesman Alexander Minchanovsky said.

It found that he received a total of $100,000 for the information he had provided, Minchanovsky said.

Shabaturov was convicted of treason and sentenced to 12 years in a high-security prison, the shortest possible sentence, because he acknowledged his guilt and cooperated with prosecutors, Minchanovsky said.

The maximum punishment for the crime is 20 years in prison.

Shabaturov was also stripped of his rank and decorations.

Authorities did not name the country involved, and local news agencies said the trial -- which was not publicized -- was closed until the announcement of the sentence because state secrets were involved.

Defense lawyer Oleg Avdeyev said he planned an appeal to the military branch of the Supreme Court, RIA-Novosti reported.