Germany Investigates Russian Scientist for Espionage

German prosecutors have charged a Russian scientist who allegedly shared details of a European space rocket program to Russian intelligence in 2019.

The scientist identified as Ilnur N,  reportedly “passed on information on research projects in the field of aerospace technology, in particular, the various development stages of the European launcher Ariane” to Russian foreign intelligence service SVR in the autumn of 2019 while working at the University of Augsburg at Bavaria. 

Ilnur reportedly met with an SVR operative from late November 2019 onwards and received $2,800 for handing over information regarding the European Space Agency’s Ariane program.

Ilnur was arrested just last June but there is no statement from him or his legal counsel since then. 


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