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Russia expels Israel’s military attaché over espionage claims

Colonel Vadim Leiderman arrested, questioned late last week; Israeli security reportedly questioned him upon his arrival for allegedly contacting a foreign agent, suspicions from which he was cleared.

by Yossi Melman and Avi Sharf, Haaretz Service

Posted on May. 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Colonel Vadim Leiderman. Photo by: Assaf Shilo/Israel Sun

Colonel Vadim Leiderman. Photo by: Assaf Shilo/Israel Sun

Israel’s military attaché in Moscow was arrested and expelled earlier this week, it was revealed on Wednesday, with sources saying that the top Israel Defense Forces officer was questioned over espionage suspicions.

Colonel Vadim Leiderman was arrested during a May 12 meeting in a restaurant, in what appeared to be a violation of his diplomatic immunity. He was then questioned for a few hours, released, and subsequently deported.

Leiderman, who was born in the Soviet Union, has a doctorate in engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. He was a member of the Israel Air Force (IAF) technical corps, and spent some years working for the IAF in America.

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