by Staff Writers
Saint Petersburg (AFP) June 20, 2012
Russia on Wednesday sentenced two professors from an engineering university to 12.5 and 12 years for handing over information about a new intercontinental missile to China, an official said.
"Yevgeny Afanasyev was sentenced to 12.5 years for treason, and Svyatoslav Bobyshev to 12 years in a high-security penal colony for complicity in treason", a court official told AFP.
The two men, both professors at the Voyenmekh Baltic State Technical University in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg, were arrested in March, 2010 on charges of high treason and espionage.
The Russians had been accused of handing over the information on the Bulava, Russia's latest submarine-launched ballistic missile, to Chinese intelligence.
The intercontinental nuclear-capable missile was developed to replace Russia's Soviet-era stock.
The project suffered numerous failed launches over the past decade but was approved late last year after several successful test firings.
In May, a worker from a Russian weapons plant in the Urals was sentenced to eight years in jail for handing over information on the Bulava to foreign intelligence.
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
Javelin Missile Proves New Capability during Vehicle-Launched Norwegian Tests
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 14, 2012
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon's Javelin Joint Venture recently demonstrated the capability to launch Javelin missiles from a vehicle in winter conditions at a test range in Norway. In a Norwegian Ministry of Defence-sponsored live fire demonstration in Rena, Norway, two Javelin missiles scored two direct hits when fired from a Piranha V vehicle configured with a Kongsberg Protector Remote W ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|