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Russia jails student for planning attacks on army, spying for Ukraine

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Russia has handed a five-year sentence to a 20-year-old student in the center of the country for allegedly working with Ukrainian special services and planning sabotage attacks on military bases, local authorities announced Monday.

Since launching full-scale hostilities in Ukraine in February 2022, Moscow has arrested a slew of foreigners and Russian citizens for allegedly working with Kyiv or planning attacks on army infrastructure.

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The branch of the FSB security services in the central Russian city of Kurgan said the man had earlier been detained on suspicion of working with a foreign state.

“The defendant planned to commit sabotage at military and social infrastructure facilities,” the statement distributed to Russian news agencies said, announcing the five-year sentence.

The FSB also claimed the student, whom it did not identify, had planned to distribute pro-Ukrainian propaganda online and hand over details of troop and law enforcement activity in the region.

Russia criminalized criticism of its military after launching large-scale hostilities in Ukraine and has detained or fined thousands for speaking out against the fighting.

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