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Fired police officer goes to jail for 13 years for spying for Ukraine

Dmitry Borzenkov was also fined 200,000 rubles and stripped of his lieutenant-colonel’s rank

MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. A court of appeals in Moscow has upheld a verdict handed to the former police chief of the Zolotukhino district of the Kursk Region, Dmitry Borzenkov, who was convicted of high treason and sentenced to 13 years in jail for spying for Ukraine.

"The sentence handed to Borzenkov has remained unchanged. The defense lawyer’s appeal was turned down," the court’s press-service said.

The appeal was considered behind closed doors, as some details of the case constitute a state secret.

Also, Borzenkov was fined 200,000 rubles and stripped of his lieutenant-colonel’s rank.

The court found Borzenkov guilty under article 275 of the Criminal Code (collection and passing of state secrets to a representative of another state).

According to the public relations center of the FSB security service, Lieutenant-Colonel Dmitry Borzenkov, born in 1981, was detained in 2020. The counter-intelligence service said he had been recruited by Ukraine’s state security service, the SBU, to collect and pass state secrets. He was taken to Moscow, where a court remanded him to custody.

Before his arrest Borzenkov was acting police chief in the Zolotukhino district of the Kursk Region. He was suspended for the duration of the investigation. An inquiry at his place of employment resulted in his dismissal from the police force.