Former Russian colonel of the Foreign Intelligence Service Aleksandr Poteev died in the USA. Earlier, he had been sentenced to 25 years in jail by Russia.
According to some sources, this information is being verified now. Another source said that he had received information about Poteev’s death from abroad. He suggested that this could be just 'misinformation that aims the traitor to be forgotten.'
Russian intelligence colonel Aleksandr Poteev appeared in the media in the summer of 2010, when the USA revealed a group of Russian spies including Anna Chapman.
In early July of the same year, Russia and the USA exchanged four Russians convicted of spying for ten detained Russian citizens. The USA accused them of performing 'deeply conspiratorial tasks.'
In November 2010, several sources reported that it was Poteev who had disclosed them.
One of the sources said that he had left Russia a few days before the visit of then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Washington. His son and daughter left Russia for the USA under different pretexts too.
In 2011, the Moscow District Military Court sentenced Poteev to 25 years in jail in absentia. He was deprived of his rank and state awards. Moreover, he got a penalty in the amount of the annual military pay.