An air traffic controller sentenced to 12 years in prison for treason


The judge of the Krasnodar regional court Alexei Ivanov has sentenced an air traffic controller Pavel Parpulov, who was convicted on charges of treason, to 12 years in a penal colony. This was reported by Interfax with reference to Parpulov’s lawyer Oleg Eliseev.

The prosecution demanded to sentence Parpulov to 13 years, but the court took into account the retirement age of the accused, and reduced the sentence of imprisonment by one year. In turn, the defense insisted that the information disclosed by the defendant was in public domain.

“Parpulov is charged that in 2010 he disclosed information that was previously published on the website of “Krasnaya Zvezda” (“Red Star” – RRT) in 2008,” – said Eliseev.

He said that the defendant refused to admit his guilt, and intends to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

Earlier Parpulov’s lawyer said that he did not know how to defend him, because the indictment lacks a list of information that is classified, and even this list is also classified.

The trial on the Parpulov’s case started in September 2015 behind closed doors, and the case file had been classified “top secret”. The defendant Pavel Parpulov, former deputy chief of the Black Sea traffic control service centre, was accused of disclosing state secrets while being on holiday abroad in 2010.