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Russian Gets 12-Year Sentence For Treason

A court in southern Russia has sentenced a man to 12 years in jail for treason.

Lawyer Oleg Yeliseyev told Interfax that the Krasnodar Regional Court found his client, Pyotr Parpulov, guilty on January 22 of committing treason while out of the country in 2010 and sentenced him the same day.

The entire trial was held behind closed doors and precise information regarding the accusations against him has not been released.

Parpulov, a former employee of the international airport in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, was arrested in March 2014, and his trial began in September 2015.

Parpulov's relatives have said he was accused of passing classified information to foreign agents during a trip abroad in 2010.

The case is one of several in recent years in which Russian citizens have been accused of treason or disseminating classified or sensitive information.

Based on reporting by Interfax and