The Supreme Court has significantly reduced the prison terms for retired military intelligence Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov and a co-conspirator sentenced for plotting an armed uprising.
Kvachkov, 64, was sentenced by the Moscow City Court in February to 13 years, while retired police officer Alexander Kiselyov, 62, was sentenced to 11 years for his part in the alleged plot.
The Supreme Court late last week reduced Kvachkov's sentence to eight years, dropping charges of "terrorist activities." Kiselyov's sentence was reduced to 5 1/2 years.
Kvachkov was previously twice acquitted after being accused of an assassination attempt in 2005 on Rusnano chief Anatoly Chubais.