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Russia arrests scientists on suspicion of cooperating with China's secret service

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Moscow — Russia has detained Siberian scientists on suspicion of treason in a country allegedly cooperating with Chinese security agencies, state news agency TASS reported Friday, local authorities and a family of men. Was quoted.

Dmitry Colker, who is mentioned on the website as a doctor of physics and mathematics at Novosibirsk State University and head of the Institute for Quantum Optical Technology, was detained for treason, TASS said. I quoted the remarks of the Novosibirsk Department of Justice.

Comments sent by email in Novosibirsk's Colker and Sobetsky District Court, one of Russia's largest cities, located about 2,800 km (1,750 miles) east of Moscow. Did not immediately respond to your request. I couldn't contact Colker's lawyer.

In recent years, many Russian scientists have been arrested and charged with treason for handing over confidential materials to foreigners. Kremlin critics say arrests often result from unfounded delusions.

State treason can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

TASS states that Kolker's family has been accused of cooperating with Chinese security services. According to Maxim, Colker had previously spoken at an international conference in China and was now transferred to a prison in Moscow.

Colker's daughter said scientists had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, TASS reported. (Report by Reuters, edited by Mark Trevelian)