June 11, 2004

A Russian arms control researcher jailed in April for 15 years for spying should be released pending a retrial that meets international standards of fairness, according to human rights groups. "Igor Sutyagin did not get a fair trial," said Rachel Denber, acting executive director of the Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch. "The Russian government appears to be using his case to intimidate academics, journalists and others who research sensitive issues."

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