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Russian Physicist Convicted Of Spying For China

24 November 2004 -- A Siberian court today sentenced a Russian physicist to 14 years in prison for passing space technology secrets to China.

Valentin Danilov was arrested in February 2001 and accused of selling classified information.

Danilov and his lawyers argued that the information he provided was no longer classified and came from open sources.

Danilov spent 19 months behind bars before being acquitted by a jury last December. But prosecutors appealed the ruling, triggering a second trial, and another jury convicted him earlier this month.