Russia jails aviation lecturer for 20 years for treason


MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court sentenced a senior lecturer at an aviation institute to 20 years in jail on Friday after finding him guilty on treason charges, it said, the latest in a series of such cases.

The Moscow City Court said it had found A.G. Vorobyov guilty of illegally exporting technology or technical information that can be used to develop weapons. RIA news agency identified him as Alexei Vorobyov and said he worked at the Moscow Aviation Institute.

He was also found guilty of involvement in contraband of weapon parts, the court said. It did not disclose further details of the offences. The trial was held behind closed doors.

Interfax news agency cited a source as saying Vorobyov denied the charges.

A number of Russian scientists, soldiers and officials have been charged with treason in recent years, accused of passing sensitive material to foreign countries.

Critics of the Kremlin say the arrests are often the result of unfounded paranoia and complain the charges cannot be scrutinised because of their classified nature.

The Interfax news agency reported last week that an academic studying aerodynamics had been detained on suspicion of state treason for allegedly passing secrets to a NATO country.

Russia also sentenced a former state official to 12-1/2 years in prison for treason last week.

(Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Frances Kerry)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In World

Biden says effort to restore calm in Middle East is a 'work in progress'
Israel fires artillery into Gaza amid persistent Palestinian rocket attacks
Saudi releases Bin Laden construction tycoon detained in 2017 corruption sweep
UK court overturns debt judgment against prime minister
Exclusive: Russian climate envoy calls race to tighten emissions targets "unreasonable"
Netanyahu poised to gain political lifeline as violence flares
Three rockets launched toward Israel from Lebanon, no damage -Israeli military
Kenyan court slams brakes on president's constitutional changes
Scottish police free men held by UK immigration force
Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of violating its territorial integrity

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers