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Ex-colonel pleads innocent to spying

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 29, 2000

TAMPA -- The retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel accused of spying for the KGB for 25 years pleaded innocent Wednesday at a brief hearing.

George Trofimoff, 73, said nothing during his appearance in federal court. His case was tentatively set for trial in August.

Prosecutors said they would seek to postpone the trial because of delays in receiving evidence from Germany and Austria, which are cooperating in the prosecution.

From 1969 to 1994, Trofimoff worked for the U.S. Army at the Joint Interrogation Center in Nuremberg, Germany, interviewing Soviet bloc defectors and refugees.

Prosecutors allege he photographed thousands of documents for the KGB in exchange for $250,000.

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