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Finnish professor fired after spying conviction

Finnish professor Timo Kivimäki, who was convicted of helping Russian spies in May, has been fired by Copenhagen University.

The university claims his continued employment would be inappropriate. Up to now he had been suspended from his position as Professor of International Politics.

Kivimäki will not appeal the verdict, although he continued to deny that he committed a crime throughout legal proceedings. He said that he had prepared reports for Russian diplomats on international questions, and sought co-operation with other researchers.

The Danish media has reported that Copenhagen University has discussed with Danish intelligence what kind of contacts researchers can have with foreign embassies.

Kivimäki’s sacking was reported first by the Danish broadcaster DR and news agency Ritzau.

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