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Sunday, March 26, 2006

China increases espionage within Russia and abroad

(UPI)- Russia's Federal Security Service or FSB, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB, has arrested Russian scientist Oleg Korobeinikov and charged him with disclosing classified information.

Interfax news agency reported Wednesday 23 that Korobeinikov has given a written pledge to the FSB not to leave the area and is currently being interrogated by the FSB.

Korobeinikov heads a laboratory of combustion kinetics at the Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion in the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The FSB would not comment on the case.

Korobeinikov is well-known in Russia and abroad and is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has published over 170 articles and monographs.

Analysts speculate that the recipient of the data was either the United States or China.

The Korobeinikov case is the latest in a series of prominent espionage cases brought by the FSB against prominent Russian researchers in the last few years.

In April 2004, Institute of the United States and Canada Studies military technology and economics department head Igor Sutyagin received a 15-year prison sentence for transferring classified information to U.S. military intelligence service agents. Sutyagin pleaded not guilty, maintaining that he had had no access to classified information and used only open sources to prepare the analytic materials he had given to the Americans. In a unique verdict, the court acknowledged that while Sutyagin apparently did not use classified data, the conclusions that he drew from his research were classified.

In November 2004, physicist Valentin Danilov was convicted of treason for sharing classified data with Chinese agents and sentenced to 14 years in prison following his full acquittal on all charges in December 2003.

In a second espionage case involving China, in February a Moscow court remanded Russian Academy of Cosmonautics member Igor Reshetin in custody after he was charged with sharing dual-purpose technologies with a Chinese corporation.

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