The State Department's second expulsion this month of a Soviet official is retaliatory rather than punishment for actual wrongdoing, the official news agency Tass said Friday.

State Department spokesman Charles Redman "did not conceal that the action was not prompted by any other considerations but by a decision of the U.S. to respond to the recent expulsion from the USSR of Lt. Col. Daniel Francis Van Gundy," Tass said in a dispatch from Washington.Van Gundy was accused of secretly photographing military sites and trying to enter a closed area. His expulsion came a week after the March 8 arrest of a Soviet military attache who was accused of spying by the FBI.

The State Department on Thursday ordered Sergei Malinin, an employee of the Soviet trade organization Amtorg, to leave by next week.