The Moscow city court on Thursday, 27th October, sentenced a former employee of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation Andrey Belyaev to 12 years in a penal colony on charges of treason. The defendant was deprived of the rank of Colonel and a residence permit in Sweden, and also confiscated his car. Hearing on the case classified as “top secret” passed in the closed mode.
A Moscow court decided to “acknowledge the Belyayev guilty and to appoint to it punishment in the form of imprisonment for a period of 12 years with punishment serving in a colony of a strict mode”, reports “Interfax” with reference to the text of the sentence. Prosecutor in the debate of the parties asked to sentence eks-the employee of the Ministry of defense to 13 years in prison.
The court found that Belyaev was a Lieutenant Colonel. The defendant was deprived of the title. Also have him for treason and confiscated a Mitsubishi. In addition, the defendant had a residence permit in Sweden, of which he was deprived.
In the past year journalists and the public learned about the more than two dozen defendants in cases of treason among the Russian citizens. Arrest Belyaev , it became known in December 2015. While the Lefortovo court of Moscow arrested the Colonel in reserve on October 22.
During the arrest he was found to have documents with a residence permit in Sweden and a driver’s license in this country, reports TASS. Belyaev was charged with committing a crime under article 275 of the criminal code (“Treason”).
In September of this year the Moscow city court has sentenced the employee of the Central scientific-research Institute of mechanical engineering Vladimir lapagina to seven years in prison on charges of treason. Proceedings against the 76-year-old teacher of MGTU named after Bauman has also held behind closed doors. It was reported that the scientist was accused of transferring abroad some secret information being the state secret.
The article is about treason is punishable by 12 to 20 years of imprisonment. The authorities are trying to tighten the legislation in this area.
In June of this year deputies from the Communist party faction Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov submitted to the state Duma a bill to abolish the Statute of limitations of criminal prosecution under article “high treason” and “Espionage”. Now the perpetrators of these crimes are not responsible for them if since the day of committal was 15 years ago.
In 2012 the state Duma adopted amendments that expand the very concept of treason, reminds Forbes. Innovations have made it possible to bring cases against those who do not have access to state secrets.
One of the most resonant examples of the application of these amendments became the prosecution, women of Smolensk region Svetlana Davydova. In January 2015, in her attitude brought a case of treason. In April 2014, a mother contacted the Ukrainian Embassy and said that a military unit near her home in Vyazma “empty”. Davydov suggested that soldiers could be sent to Donetsk. Then, against her criminal case. Lefortovo court of Moscow on 21 January sanctioned the arrest Davydova for one month and 25 days.
Later, the case against Housewives was terminated for lack of corpus delicti. In April, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation even apologized in front of viaz’ma. Davydova is the mother of four children. All in the family brought up seven children, three from his first marriage of her husband.