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Sweden’s Court of Appeal affirms the Life Sentence in the Russian Spying Case

A Swedish appeals court on Monday upheld a life sentence imposed last year on a man found guilty of being recruited by Russian intelligence services to spy on Swedish targets.

The Stockholm District Court had convicted the man of espionage and other crimes in December and sentenced him to life in prison. He was accused of passing on classified information on Swedish defence systems.

The appeals court said the man had acted to the detriment of Sweden’s defence capacity and that the information he had supplied had “significant value” for the foreign power.

The court ruling was broadcast on Swedish television and had been widely discussed in the Scandinavian country.

The man, who has not been identified, had denied all the charges and had sought to be acquitted or released on probation from his prison sentence.