Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Professors Accused Of Spying For China

Posted by Info on 06/09/2011

Russian prosecutors accused two Russian professors of selling state secrets to China.
Lawyers for Russia’s national intelligence agency, the FSB, handed over to a St Petersburg city court formal accusations alleging Evgeny Afanasiev and Sviatoslav Bobyshev transferred secret military information during a two-month visit to China in 2009. Afanasiev and Bobyshev were arrested by FSB agents in March 2010 and have been in government custody since then. They face 20 years in prison if convicted of spying.

The professors’ employer, the Baltic State Technical University, specialises in aerospace and rocketry. Its alumni include top designers in Russia’s space programme, and cosmonauts.


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