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    Latvian Court Bans Alleged Russian Spy From Travelling Abroad

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    RIGA (Sputnik) - A Russian living in Latvia was freed Friday from police custody and banned from leaving the country amid a probe into whether he was allegedly spying for Russia, a local activist told Sputnik.

    Alexander Krasnopyorov, a staffer with the Latvian Railways, is suspected of having tracked and photographed NATO transport moving through the Baltic nation in 2015 and 2016.

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    "The court has freed Alexander. He was released on Friday. He has signed papers agreeing not to leave the country," Vladimir Linderman, the suspect's legal counsel, said.

    A court in the Latvian city of Jelgava, southwest of the country’s capital Riga, has been trying the alleged espionage case since June. Krasnopyorov may face a prison term of up to ten years if found guilty.

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