The New York Times reports that Aleksandr Poteyev, a former Russian intelligence officer in was sentenced in absentia by the Moscow District Military Court to 25 years in prison. The charge was for leaking information that led to the exposure last summer of a Russian spy ring in the United States.
The success of the Russian reset means Poteyev will likely not be poisoned with polonium-210.
The Russian spy ring, also known as the Anna Chapman case, appears to be a bizarro-world example of real politic: the perps were rushed out of the United States in record time, were not charged with a crime, and made it back home in the motherland where they “greeted as national heroes.” The likely reason why? “Sensitive” state-to-state events like New START ratification (especially as New START reflected on the Russians’ trustworthiness) as well as Russian resupply routing for operations in Afghanistan could have become problematic and embarrassing to the United States.