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D mitry Sklyarov, the Russian programmer indicted for violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, saw the charges against him dropped Thursday in exchange for testimony in his former employer’s trial.

Under a deal with the U.S. attorney’s office, Sklyarov agreed to be deposed and must testify in the trial of ElcomSoft Co. Ltd., which remains under indictment. Until then, he is free to return to Russia.

“With this agreement, Dmitry gets everything he could get from an acquittal and more,” defense attorney John Keker said.

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