by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Jun 20, 2012
The former head of a Russian rocket technology firm who was jailed in 2007 for selling state secrets to China has been released on parole, Radio Liberty reported.
Igor Reshetin, the former director of TsNIIMASH-Export, was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years - later reduced to seven on appeal.
Reshetin's father, Andrei Reshetin, told the radio station on Monday that he already was with his family.
Reshetin was charged with illegally selling state-controlled technology to a Chinese firm and with stealing 30 million roubles ($925,000) through a scheme involving bogus companies.
Several of his colleagues were also jailed.
TsNIIMASH-Export was linked with Russia's state space agency.
Reshetin insists he is innocent, and rights groups have said his conviction was trumped up, a claim denied by the authorities.
Source: RIA Novosti
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