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Russian scientist convicted of espionage in Munich

Because of secret service activities: A 30-year-old doctoral student was sentenced to one year’s suspended sentence. In court, he stated that he did not know that he was doing research for the Russian secret service.

The Higher Regional Court (OLG) in Munich has sentenced a scientist from the University of Augsburg to a suspended sentence of one year for spying for the Russian secret service. The 30-year-old has “reconciled himself to having researched for a Russian secret service,” said the presiding judge on Wednesday. The arrest warrant for the defendant was lifted.

During the trial, the Russian doctoral student denied any intention and emphasized: “I’m not an agent.” He did pass on publicly available information to an employee of the Russian Consulate General in Munich, who has since been revealed to be an employee of the SWR secret service, which had emerged from the KGB’s foreign department. However, the defendant stated that he had no knowledge of the man’s activities. From the point of view of the court, he is only said to have become suspicious at a late meeting.

The defendant said he could not have imagined that the Russian secret service would be interested in information that is already publicly available. The 30-year-old was convicted of secret service agent activity.

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