Russian engineer sentenced to 9 years for treason

18th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced an engineer to nine years in jail on treason charges, in the latest of a spate of secretive trials in the country.

Moscow city court found Maxim Lyudomirsky -- a former top engineer at a firm making navigation systems used in some military hardware -- guilty of treason and ordered him to be incarcerated in a high-security prison.

"Maxim Lyudomirsky has been convicted today on the charge of (treason)," a spokesman for the Moscow City Court told AFP, referring to the charge by its number in the Russian Criminal Code.

"He has been sentenced to nine years in a strict penal colony," he added, refusing to give any further information as the case was classified as "secret".

In footage on the website of Russia's Life News, a sullen-faced Lyudomirsky was shown standing in the glass cage in the court.

According to a scientific journal of Moscow's Bauman University which published an article by Lyudomirsky, he was head engineer of Elektrooptika, a Moscow-based company specialising in laser technology and a defence contractor involved in developing artillery systems.

The engineer is the latest in a string of people to be found guilty of treason, espionage or disclosing state secrets since Russia's relations with the West slumped to a post-Cold War low over the crisis in Ukraine.

Earlier this month the same court convicted an ex-police officer for allegedly spying for the CIA.

© 2015 AFP

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