Detention of Russian scientist charged with treason upheld
MOSCOW, June 4 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Tuesday upheld extension of detention of Viktor Kudryavtsev, a scientist of the Central Research Institute for Engineering Technology (TsNIImash) charged with treason, according to a court representative.
The scientist will remain detained until July 20.
In May, Kudryavtsev was discharged from a hospital where he was placed for health examination following a decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). According to his attorney Ivan Pavlovov, ECHR obliged Russian authorities to conduct a medical examination of Kudryavtsev in a clinic independent of the penitentiary system. However, the lawyer said that the hospital where the researcher was placed in, did not fully meet the criteria specified in the ECHR ruling.
Earlier, Pavlov told RAPSI that investigators banned visits to the researcher after Kudryavtsev refused to make a deal with them envisaging guilty plea and testifying against his student.
Kudryavtsev is accused of disclosure of classified information to the Belgian Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamic, his another attorney Yevgeny Smirnov told RAPSI previously. Investigators claim that the researcher has transferred information via email from an unmarked computer. However, the scientist has not worked with such secret documents since late 90s, according to the lawyer.
The researcher pleaded not guilty and refused to testify in the case, Smirnov added.