A former Russian Army major was given a 12-year prison term on Wednesday for spying for Georgia, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the courtroom.
Vladimir Klenkov passed classified information concerning the location of Russian military units in the Southern Military District to Georgian intelligence services “for mercantile motives,” investigators alleged.
The North Caucasus District Court convicted him of high treason and stripped him of his rank (“retired major”).
This is the second conviction in a case of espionage concerning Georgia in recent months.
In October, Sr. Lt. David Aliyev and his mother Irina Aliyeva were sentenced to ten and eight years in a Russian prison, respectively.
Aliyev, deployed to a military unit in Russia’s Southern Military District, was found to “have been collecting secret information on orders from Georgian intelligence services.”
His mother was convicted of conveying the information to Georgia.