Two Russians charged with spying for Georgia: FSB

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An officer in the Russian army and his mother have been arrested on suspicion of spying for Georgia and charged with high treason, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said Friday.

David Aliyev, a senior lieutenant serving in southern Russia, was "gathering secret information about the military in the district on assignment of Georgian special services," the service, formerly known as the KGB, said in a statement.

Counter-intelligence agents also arrested Aliyev's mother Irina Aliyeva, who was planning to take the gathered information over to Georgia, the statement said.

Spy scandals regularly tense the already sour relations between Russia and Georgia, with the most recent reports in late October saying that Georgia arrested 20 people on suspicions of spying for Russia.

The two countries fought a brief war in August 2008 when Russian forces poured into Georgia to repel a Georgian military attempt to retake the Moscow-backed rebel region of South Ossetia.

© 2011 AFP

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