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Russian scientist died two days after being arrested for national treason – lawyer

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London — A A Russian scientist who flew to Moscow after being arrested in Siberia last week on suspicion of national treason and suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer died, his lawyer told Reuters on Sunday.

Scientist Dmitry Colker was taken to Lefortobo Prison in Moscow, said lawyer Alexander Fedurov.

"He died yesterday. Tomorrow we will complain about his detention," he said.

Colker's family said last week that he was taken from a hospital in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, where he was being fed via a tube, and was included on a flight to Moscow by an FSB Security Services officer. rice field.

Colker was a physics and mathematics doctor. His family said he was accused of working with a Chinese security service that had previously given a scientific lecture. They protested his innocence.

On Saturday, state press TASS said Russia had detained a second scientist in Novosibirsk on suspicion of national rebellion. It was not clear if the two cases were related.

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

State rebellion is punished in prison for up to 20 years. (Report by Reuters)