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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Gives Soldier 9 Years for Georgian Spying

MOSCOW — A military court jailed a soldier for nine years on Friday for passing secrets to Georgia during a war between the two countries last year, Russian news agencies reported.

Prosecutors said Sergeant Jemal Nakaidze had been lured by Georgian secret services to pass on military information for money and the promise of an apartment in the Georgian city of Batumi, RIA-Novosti reported.

Investigators said Nakaidze had served Georgian secret services between February and November 2008. Russia and Georgia fought a war in August of that year over the rebel region of South Ossetia.

The presiding judge in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don said the court was showing leniency because Nakaidze had admitted guilt and cooperated with investigators, RIA-Novosti reported.

Nakaidze, who has a Georgian surname, was stripped of his rank. A Russian court in August jailed another soldier for passing secrets to Georgia.