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Russian Swapped State Secrets For Mercedes


http://gdb.rferl.org/8DFBD8C2-718C-495A-93DA-F32F4B21A09A_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/8DFBD8C2-718C-495A-93DA-F32F4B21A09A_mw800_mh600.jpg Russian Finance Minister Aleksei Kudrin was one of the witnesses called in the trial (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) July 27, 2006 -- A Moscow court has sentenced an official from the Finance Ministry to 10 years in a labor camp for passing on state secrets in return for a Mercedes.


One businessman was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail and another to one year and nine months for offering the bribe.


The car was worth $110,000 dollars.


Finance Minister Aleksei Kudrin appeared as a witness in the trial.


(AFP)

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