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Russia: French investigator Laurent Vinatier pleaded guilty to “espionage”.

French researcher Laurent Vinatier, accused by Russian authorities of violating Russia’s “foreign agents” law by failing to declare his status as required by Russian law and gathering intelligence for the Russian military, pleaded guilty today in court Moscow court, the state news agency RIA reported. The court decided to remand Vinatier until August 5. Yesterday the Investigative Committee of Russia requested the temporary detention of the Frenchman, who was arrested yesterday Thursday in Moscow. The French national was suspected of illegally gathering intelligence on Russian military activities, but has been formally charged with violating the “foreign agents” law, which Moscow uses to crack down on its critics. A prison sentence of up to five years Specifically, the Investigative Committee claimed that Vinatier for many years “deliberately gathered information about the military and military-technical activities of the Russian Federation”, which could be used to harm the security […]
Source: News Beast

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