Former Russian FSB officer Trepashkin to be released Nov. 30

YEKATERINBURG, November 29 (RIA Novosti) - A former security service officer convicted of divulging state secrets, will be released November 30 when his four-year prison term expires, a spokesman for the local FSB department said Thursday.

"[Mikhail] Trepashkin's prison term expires and he will be set free that day," the spokesman said.

A military court in Moscow sentenced Trepashkin to four years in jail on May 19, 2004. The court said that while serving with the KGB and later as an officer with its successor organization, the Federal Security Service (FSB), from 1984 to 1997, Trepashkin made copies of internal documents and stored them at home.

Trepashkin is currently serving his sentence at penal colony No. 13 in Nizhny Tagil in the Sverdlovsk Region.

On July 17, the European Court of Human Rights partially upheld Trepashkin's appeal ordering Russia to pay 3,000 euros compensation, but made no ruling on a second claim related to illegal possession of weapons as Trepashkin had been cleared of this charge and received 70,000 rubles ($2,750) compensation from the Russian state.

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