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Russia Charges Colonel With Spying for Passing Maps to U.S.

April 03, 2012

Russia filed spying charges against a reserve colonel accused of supplying maps to the U.S., the Prosecutor General’s Office said.

The officer, named as Vladimir Lazar, is alleged to have passed on 7,000 electronic maps to the Pentagon in 2008 via a Russian based in Estonia working for American intelligence, allowing the U.S. to plan military actions in Russia, the office in Moscow said today in an e-mailed statement.

“According to experts, the topographical maps obtained by the U.S. Defense Department contain state secrets,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said. “Passing them to the military structures of other countries risks serious damage to Russia’s security.”

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