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Court Sentences Spy to 12 Years

Published: August 24, 2006 (Issue # 1198)


MOSCOW — A Moscow court on Wednesday sentenced a Russian man to 12 years in prison for allegedly trying to pass information on new rocket technology to Germany, a federal security official said.

Andrei Dumenkov, 42, was convicted of charges of high treason in the form of espionage by the Moscow City Court, said a duty officer with the Federal Security Service, known by its Russian acronym FSB. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity in accord with agency policy.

Dumenkov pleaded guilty in court, Russian media reported. Phone calls to the court seeking more information went unanswered.

Security agents began investigating Dumenkov in 2004 as he allegedly tried to gather state secrets on unnamed rocket technology with the intention of selling them to German agents, Russian news reports said. RIA-Novosti said FSB agents detained Dumenkov on Aug. 3, 2005, at a Moscow railway station and that he had intended to flee the country once the secrets had been passed along.

The incident was the latest in a series of apparent espionage cases investigated by Russian security agents. Earlier this month, a military court sentenced a retired Russian colonel who reportedly helped British intelligence unmask dozens of Russian agents to 13 years in prison.

The FSB, the main successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB, in January accused four British diplomats of espionage and alleged they received secret information from a radio transmitter hidden in a rock.

The FSB has also targeted Russian scientists and academics for alleged espionage or misuse of classified information.

Human rights advocates say the FSB is deeply suspicious of Russian scientists’ contacts with foreigners and the service has been emboldened now that its former director, Vladimir Putin, is president.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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