Russia arrests hypersonic aircraft expert on high treason charges
Gubanov has been working at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute since 1979, rising to oversee a section in the department dealing with aircraft and rocket aerodynamics
/NOVOSTIVL/ Russia has arrested a physicist specializing in sensitive hypersonic aircraft research, accusing him of high treason.
Anatoly Gubanov was arrested by FSB intelligence officers, the state-run Tass news agency reported Thursday. The agency cited an anonymous law enforcement source who said Gubanov was suspected of having "handed over secret aviation development data abroad."
Darya Rozmakhova, a spokesperson for Moscow's Lefortovo District Court, told Tass Thursday: "The court has chosen custody for a term of one month and 30 days, i.e. until February 2, 2021, as a measure of restraint for Anatoly Aleksandrovich Gubanov suspected of committing a crime stipulated by Article 275 of Russia's Criminal Code," an offense classified as high treason.
The case is being held behind doors. If Gubanov is convicted, he could face up to 20 years behind bars.
Gubanov has been working at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute since 1979, rising to oversee a section in the department dealing with aircraft and rocket aerodynamics, Tass reported. Gubanov is focused on high speed aircraft, the agency said.
Gubanov is part of a prominent family in Russia's aircraft-building industry, Tass reported. His father-in-law Leonid Shkadov is a prominent scientist and was a key figure in the Soviet aviation industry. Three of Gubanov's five children also work in the aviation industry.
RFE/RL cited Russia's Interfax news agency as reporting that Gubanov participated in international conferences and projects involving hydrogen-powered hypersonic aircraft. Interfax cited unnamed sources for its report.