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(Photo : Youtube Screengrab) Evgeny Chistov, a former Russian policeman, was convicted yesterday due to high treason of spying for the CIA
Evgeny Chistov, a former Russian policeman, was convicted yesterday due to high treason of spying for the CIA, according to an official statement by the FSB, Russia's Federal Security Service.
Chistov fully admitted his guilt during court hearings and was described by the FSB as 'selfish'.
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Chistov was declared guilty for treason in the Moscow Regional Court of State. FSP stated that Chistov betrayed his own country for monetary compensation and even began communication with the Central Intelligence Agency.
In 2011, Chistov held a position in the Russian Interior Ministry, an occupation that served to his advantage of disclosing 'state secrets'.
For more than three years, Chistov collected and relayed information overseas.
"He was recruited by the CIA and fulfilled its tasks, collecting and handing over information classified as state secrets for three years in exchange for material rewards," said a representative of FSB.
Chistov will serve 13 years in a maximum security prison as part of his sentence.
Svetlana Davydova, a mother of seven children, was arrested last January for suspicion of high treason.
Davydova allegedly relayed information to the Ukraine embassy. The charges were eventually dropped two months later.
Roman Ushakov, another former policeman was arrested earlier this year for gathering information on the Interior Ministry and eventually relaying it to the CIA.
Ushakov was based in Siberia prior to his arrest and was finally arrested by the authorities with $37,000 cash paid by the CIA, according to Interfax.
Last September, a former military intelligence engineer was also sentenced to jail for disclosing state secrets via a resume to the Swedish Organization.
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, recently signed a modified law on treason amid trepidation that it can be used to suppress any form of opposition.
The Central Intelligence Agency couldn't be reached for a comment.
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