A number of Russian scientists have been arrested and charged with treason in recent years for allegedly passing sensitive material to foreigners.
Russian Scientist Held on Charges of Spying For China
July 1, 2022
A Russian scientist faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly passing secrets to China’s security services, media reports from Moscow said.
Dmitry Kolker, a doctor of physics and mathematics at Novosibirsk State University, was detained on charges of treason, the TASS agency quoted judicial authorities as saying.
Alexander Kuranov, the director of a hypersonic research laboratory, was detained last August on similar treason charges. Authorities did not state the foreign country concerned, but state-owned Rossiiskaya Gazeta noted that he”maintains close ties with American colleagues”.
In April last year, Valery Golubkin and Anatoly Gurbanov, who worked at the Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, were charged with passing secrets to unnamed foreign nationals.
China’s Lukewarm Response
The arrest of a Russian scientist allegedly spying for China comes just three months after Beijing and Moscow announced a strategic, ”no limits” partnership in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
However, China’s given a lukewarm response to Russian requests for support as it seeks to evade US-led sanctions.
Kolker has been moved to a prison in Moscow and faces charges punishable by 12 to 20 years in prison, the RIA-Novosti agency said.
Second Russian scientist from Siberian city detained on treason charges
Russia has detained a second scientist in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk on suspicion of state treason in the space of a few days, the TASS news agency reported on Saturday, citing a source close to the investigation.
Anatoly Maslov, a chief scientist at an institute of theoretical and applied mechanics in Novosibirsk, a city around 2,800 km (1,750 miles) east of Moscow, was detained and transferred to a prison in the Russian capital in an investigation by the FSB intelligence agency, TASS reported.
“Maslov is suspected of providing data that is a state secret,” TASS quoted the source as saying, clarifying that the data was related to hypersonics.
Maslov’s arrest comes in the same week that Dmitry Kolker, a doctor of physics and mathematics at Novosibirsk State University, was detained on state treason charges for allegedly collaborating with China’s security services.