A second scientist was arrested in Novosibirsk on charges of “treason”. His colleague said that the authorities forced him to work with foreign scientists

In Novosibirsk, another scientist, 75-year-old chief researcher of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ITAM) of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Anatoly Maslov, was arrested, who is accused of “treason”. This is reported by the publications "Native Shores" and Academ.info .

As a source in the SB RAS told Academ.info, Maslov was detained on Monday, June 27. On June 28, by the decision of the Sovetsky District Court, the scientist was already taken to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow, where his colleague Dmitry Kolker is being held ( Kolker was previously taken directly from the hospital, despite the last stage of cancer, and placed in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center, he is also suspected of "treason » ).

Maslov is a specialist in the field of viscous gas dynamics. The publication clarifies that he is suspected of transferring data related to hypersound to China.

“The main direction of his scientific activity is aerogasdynamics. He developed effective algorithms and carried out the country's first numerical calculations of the stability of compressible flows and showed the possibility of complete stabilization of the supersonic boundary layer by cooling the surface of the aircraft; the reasons for the “transition reverses” have been clarified,” ITAM reported.

As Maslov's colleague, former director of the institute, and now scientific director of ITAM SB RAS, academician Vasily Fomin, told Moskovsky Komsomolets, at one time the Russian government forced everyone to cooperate with foreign scientists.

“He dealt with the problems of the laminar-turbulent transition, which affects the decrease in the drag of aircraft. At one time, by the way, on the instructions of the government, everyone was forced to cooperate with foreign colleagues. So, Maslov worked with the American Boeing, and with the Chinese, and with the Germans. And now scientists, it turns out, have become to blame.

Another colleague said that what was done to Maslov was outrageous: “After the reform of our science, scientists turned out to be unprotected, and our power structures take advantage of this. I think that they are not solving state problems, but their own, maybe political ones.”

On June 30, FSB officers, right in the hospital, detained a Novosibirsk scientist Dmitry Kolker, who heads the laboratory of quantum optical technologies at Novosibirsk State University, on a case of "treason". At the hospital, Kolker was undergoing treatment - he had the last stage of cancer. He was placed in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow.

Kolker's son Maxim told The Insider that earlier his father had refused to testify against Sergei Bagaev, scientific director of the Institute of Laser Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Aleksey Taichenachev, director of this institute. Kolker traveled to China several times to lecture. According to his son, he was accompanied on trips by an FSB officer who made sure that the scientist did not communicate with students and colleagues in English, but only in Russian through an interpreter. The son insists that the documents related to his father's scientific research did not contain state secrets. All of them underwent special examination.

Dmitry Kolker, 54, is a doctor of physical and mathematical sciences, head of the laboratory of quantum optical technologies at the Institute of Laser Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Novosibirsk State University, and a professor at the Department of Laser Systems at Novosibirsk State Technical University (NGTU NETI).

This is not the first time that Russian scientists have been prosecuted under the article on treason. In 2018, a case was opened against TsNIIMash employee Viktor Kudryavtsev. The scientist spent more than a year in Lefortovo, after which he was placed under house arrest. The case never made it to court; in 2021, he died at the age of 77. Kudryavtsev's student Roman Kovalev was convicted of treason in 2020. He was released in 2022 for health reasons and died in April.

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