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Two scientists are arrested for “high treason” and one of them dies in prison

Dmitry Golkar, 54, a Russian laser scientist, physicist and mathematician, died two days after he was arrested by agents of the Security Services (FSB) on espionage charges, his family announced on Sunday, July 3.

In the early hours of Saturday, Mr. Golkar died, his family said. Officials’ message was posted on social media. Alina Mironova, her daughter, wrote on the network Social VKontakte :

Dad died tonight. According to the Telegraph, he was admitted to the hospital on July 2, where he died around 2:40 a.m. The hospital’s intensive care unit confirmed the information. This is a great tragedy for our family.

1R In July, a court in Novosibirsk, a large Siberian city, announced that Dmitry Kolkar had been arrested and detained for two months. He was charged under Article 275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“High Treason”), TASS writesAn offense punishable with imprisonment for twenty years.

He was arrested by FSB agents at a clinic in Novosibirsk, where he was being treated for terminal pancreatic cancer, and later transferred to Moscow despite his health. “The FSB killed my father, they knew what he was, but they took him out of the hospital. Thank you my nation!!! His family was not allowed to say goodbye to him.Wrote on Sunday Maxim Kolkar on the VKontakte social network.

Accused of working for China

Dmitry Golkar conducted a laboratory “Quantum and Optical Technologies”, according to the Novosibirsk State University website. According to his son, he was suspected of espionage after lecturing at an international conference in China.

During this conference, according to his son, Dmitry Golkar with an FSB agent permanently avoids the dissemination of sensitive information. In Russia, scientists are often accused of espionage and are sometimes guilty in highly controversial cases.

Another researcher told TASS on Saturday, Anatoly MaslovArrested in Novosibirsk and detained in Moscow “High Treason”Suspected of providing classified information on hypersonic technology.

Le Monde with AFP and Reuters

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