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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Moscow City Court has sentenced physicist Maksim Lydomirsky to 9 years of strict-regimen labor colony for treason against the state, Interfax and Novaya Gazeta report.

The case is marked "secret" so little is known about it, and the trial took place behind closed doors.

Ludomirsky's arrest became known in late July. The scientist was alleged to have been to co-owner of Elektrooptika, a scientific firm which specialized in the development and manufacture of laser and navigational systems used by the latest generations of weapons. Lyudomirsky is the author of several scientific articles on laser technology.

Another scientist was also recently sentenced for treason against the state to 14 years of prison in September. He is radio engineer Gennady Kravtsov, who was accused of sending an e-mail to a Swedish organization that supposedly contained classified information. Investigators believe he indicated his position as a GRU employee at the time and leaked secret information about Russia's space program.

These two cases are part of a wave of espionage cases that have occurred in the last year about which little is known and indicate that, as in the Soviet era, the Kremlin is cracking down on suspected ties to foreigners, in concert with the campaign to register NGOs as "foreign agents."

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick