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Convicted Russian spy Danilov released on parole

Associated Press Modified: November 24, 2012 at 6:15 am •  Published: November 24, 2012

Danilov's release came 10 days after a new law went into force that broadens the definition of treason and which critics say could be used against politically inconvenient figures.

While the previous law described high treason as espionage or other assistance to a foreign state that damages Russia's external security, the new legislation expands the definition by dropping the word "external." Activities that fall under it include providing help or advice to a foreign state or giving information to an international or foreign organization.

Danilov said after his release that "I'll continue to be involved with science, but not connected with space, because everything that's connected with space, everywhere it's a state secret."