Russian court convicts expert for ‘treason’ for giving German firm info about mercenary groups

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in Moscow, Russia, 24 June 2020. in Moscow, Russia, 24 June 2020. EPA-EFE/VLADIMIR PESNYA / HOST PHOTO AGENCY / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Russian court convicts expert for ‘treason’ for giving German firm info about mercenary groups

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08505857 Russian MSTA-SM self-propelled howitzers on Red Square in Moscow during the military parade to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II. The military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the World War II takes place in the Red Square on 24 June 2020, as the traditional troops parade as part of the Victory Day Parade which is annually held on 09 May, was cancelled due to Covid-19 epidemic in Russia. The military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the World War II takes place in the Red Square on 24 June 2020, as the traditional troops parade as part of the Victory Day Parade which is annually held on 09 May, was cancelled due to Covid-19 epidemic in Russia. EPA-EFE/VLADIMIR PESNYA / HOST PHOTO AGENCY / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

Russian MSTA-SM self-propelled howitzers on Red Square in Moscow during the military parade to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II.

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The trial was held behind closed doors. Vladimir Neyelov was arrested in 2018. In recent years, Moscow has charged with treason several Russian experts, scientists and academics. Moscow, however, said that any Russian mercenaries there do not represent the Russian state’s interests. Prior to his arrest, Neyelov had written about private military contractors and worked for two think tanks. The United States has recently accused Russia for using private military contractors in Libya to conceal its role in the war. The court did not name the German company. He had admitted to selling information about how the Federal Security Service trains its staff, the court said, adding however, that he did not consider the data classified. He was convicted for selling secrets about mercenary groups to a German consulting firm. He was often quoted in the media speaking about the Vagner security group, which has sent mercenaries to Ukraine, Syria, Libya, and other countries. A Russian court on Thursday jailed a Russian think-tank expert specialising in military affairs to seven years for treason.

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