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2020.01.17 11:12

Lithuanian court upholds sentence for man convicted of spying for Russia

BNS 2020.01.17 11:12

The Lithuanian Court of Appeal on Friday upheld a seven-year prison sentence for a Lithuanian citizen convicted of spying for Russia. 

Klaipėda Regional Court handed down the jail sentence to Romanas Šešelis last April for collecting information for Russia on NATO military ships, the LNG terminal operator Klaipėdos Nafta, and other infrastructure. He denied all charges.

According to the Prosecutor General's Office, the man, who was born in Russia in 1974 and lived there for some time, was recruited by a Russian intelligence organisation.

Although the man did not collect or transfer classified documents, he committed a crime by carrying out assignments and supplying information for a foreign intelligence agency between 2015 and December 2017, according to the prosecutors.

Under Lithuanian law, espionage is punishable by imprisonment of between three and 15 years.