Russian ex-navy officer sentenced to hard labour for treason

25th December 2015, Comments 0 comments

A Russian former naval officer accused of treason was sentenced to 12 years of hard labour for spying for Poland, the Russian security services (FSB) said Friday.

Fyodor Boriskin, who will serve his sentence in Kaliningrad in northwestern Russia, was found "guilty of high treason, espionage and revealing state secrets", said the FSB, according to official news agency TASS.

According to the security services, Boriskin admitted to his guilt.

Investigators said Boriskin was recruited in 2013 by the Polish army intelligence service, and was paid to give away secret information on the activity of Russia's fleet in the Baltic.

Polish-Russian relations have been at a record low since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

Moscow and Warsaw have exchanged numerous accusations of spying in recent months, especially over the Ukraine crisis.

© 2015 AFP

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