| 19 April 2024, Friday |

Russian court jails scientist Golubkin for 12 years in treason case

A Russian court sentenced a scientist, Valery Golubkin, to 12 years in prison for treason after convicting him of passing state secrets to “representatives of foreign organizations.”

Golubkin has previously worked at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology’s Department of Theoretical and Applied Aerohydromechanics. The court did not disclose any other information on the case.

Golubkin was detained in late 2020 on suspicion of handing over secrets to an unnamed NATO country. His lawyer said at the time that Golubkin denied the charges against him.

A number of Russian scientists have been arrested and charged with treason in recent years on suspicion of passing sensitive material to foreigners.

Critics of the Kremlin say the arrests sometimes stem from unfounded paranoia, something the authorities deny.

A criminal case was opened earlier this month against one of three Russian hypersonic missile scientists arrested on suspicion of treason.

  • Reuters