Trial of suspected Russian spy opens in Poland

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The trial of an alleged Russian military intelligence (GRU) agent opened in Poland Friday in a regional court in the capital Warsaw, court spokesman Wojciech Malek told AFP.

"The trial began behind closed doors and is subject to secrecy. No further information is available," said Malek.

The accused pleaded not guilty before entering the courtroom, Poland's PAP news agency reported.

Tadeush Y., 41, a Russian citizen with a Polish residence permit was arrested by the Polish counter espionage agency (ABW) on February 4, 2009.

According to prosecutors, he began espionage operations six years ago and passed information directly to GRU headquarters in Moscow via a secret communications system.

The alleged spy is facing up to 10 years behind bars if found guilty.

The Polish press has speculated that the suspect's arrest could be a reason behind the departure in April 2009 of the then GRU commander, General Valentin Korabelnikov.

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