Russia convicts top spy of exposing 'sleeper' cell in US

27th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Moscow military court on Monday convicted in absentia former top foreign service agent Alexander Poteyev of betraying 10 "sleeper" spies expelled from the United States last year, Interfax reported.

Prosecutors had demanded a 25-year jail sentence for Poteyev who is believed to be in the United States. There was no immediate information on the court's sentence.

Russian news agencies said Poteyev had until last year served as the deputy head of the US department of Directorate S -- a covert operations department involved in placing sleeper agents in foreign countries who try to pass off as locals.

© 2011 AFP

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