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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sutyagin’s Parole Appeal

An Arkhangelsk regional court will consider an appeal Friday from researcher Igor Sutyagin, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for espionage in 2000 and was denied parole in March, Sutyagin’s family said.

Rights activists call Sutyagin’s case the start of an campaign against researchers. An arms-control analyst at the USA and Canada Institute, Sutyagin was found guilty of treason after selling a research paper on nuclear submarines and missile warning systems to a British company, which the Federal Security Service linked to the CIA. Sutyagin maintained that his research used only open information.

(MT)