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Apr 14,2008
Russia charges lawyer living in U.S.
by UPI

MOSCOW -- A Russian court Monday charged a lawyer who fled to the United States last year with divulging government secrets.

The charges filed in absentia against Boris Kuznetsov stem from a complaint he had filed claiming that the Federal Security Service has illegally tapped the phone of a high-profile client in a bribery case, former Sen. Levon Chakhmakhchyan.

Divulging state secrets carries a four-year prison term.

The Moscow Times said it was not immediately known if Russia would seek the extradition of Kuznetsov, who has been granted political asylum in the United States.

Copyright © 2008, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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