Second Russian scientist from Siberian town detained for treason, TASS reports

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MOSCOW, July 2 (Reuters) – Russia has arrested a second scientist in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk on suspicion of state treason within days, the TASS news agency reported on Saturday, citing a source. close to the survey.

Anatoly Maslov, chief scientist at an institute of theoretical and applied mechanics in Novosibirsk, a city about 2,800 km (1,750 miles) east of Moscow, was arrested and transferred to a prison in the Russian capital. as part of an investigation by the FSB intelligence agency, TASS reported.

“Maslov is suspected of providing data which is a state secret,” TASS said quoting the source, specifying that the data was related to hypersonics.

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Several Russian media reported that Maslov was arrested on June 28. Reuters could not immediately verify this information and a lawyer for Maslov could not immediately be reached.

Maslov’s arrest comes the same week that Dmitry Kolker, a doctor of physics and mathematics at Novosibirsk State University, was arrested on state treason charges for allegedly collaborating with Chinese security services. Read more

A number of Russian scientists have been arrested and charged with treason in recent years for allegedly passing sensitive material to foreigners. Kremlin critics say arrests often stem from unfounded paranoia.

State treason is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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Reuters reporting; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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