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Pope to be imprisoned for 20 years

Russian prosecutors called on Wednesday for a 20-year prison sentence for U.S. businessman Edmond Pope at his closed-door spy trial in Moscow, Pope's lawyer Pavel Astakhov told reporters. The sentence would be the maximum allowable on the spy charges Pope faces. Prosecutors also said they wanted Pope to be ordered to pay seven billion roubles - more than $250 million - in damages, Astakhov said, cited by "Reuters". Prosecutors declined to comment.