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Russia. Scientist sentenced to 12 years in prison for treason

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Valery Golubkin sentenced to 12 years in prison, Reuters reported. According to the Moscow court, the Russian scientist committed treason.

Russian academic Valery Golubkin was sentenced to 12 years in prison by a Russian court on Monday for treason, Reuters reported.

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Golubkin, 71, who is a professor at Moscow’s Aerodynamic Research Institute, was detained in 2020 on suspicion of passing secrets to an unnamed NATO country.

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The independent Russian portal Meduza reported that the criminal case against Golubkin was initiated in connection with the international project to create a hypersonic passenger plane HEXAFLY-INT, on which scientists from the EU collaborated, Russia and Australia.

Scientists Accused of Sharing Confidential Materials

According to investigators, Gołubin passed on to colleagues from the Netherlands reports containing state secrets. At the same time, according to the defenders human rights – the submitted reports were checked three times by specialists before being handed over.

The defendant’s lawyer, Aleksandr Tymoshenko, said that his client “categorically” pleaded not guilty.

In recent years, other scientists have been arrested and charged with treason in Russia, claiming that they are suspected of passing confidential materials to foreigners. Critics of the Russian authorities believe that often unjustified paranoia of the authorities is behind these detentions.

Main photo source: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

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