Russian scientist arrested for leaking top secret information to US: Report
ISLAMABAD - A Russian scientist has allegedly shared extremely sensitive and confidential information about one of the Kremlin's underdevelopment futuristic fighter jets with the United States.
The Mikoyan MiG-41 project, with billions of dollars invested in its research, now faces redundancy even before it could be officially unveiled and launched in the market.
Authorities officially commenced a probe after arresting Russian scientist Viktor Kudryavtsev, who is associated with Moscow's Central Research Institute of Machine-Building (TsNIIMash) and could be charged with high treason.
Kudryavtsev has been accused of sharing sensitive and confidential information pertaining to the Mikoyan MiG-41 project with an ally nation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
According to Russian news agency TASS link, the arrest of Kudryavtsev, who faces charges of high treason, was upheld by the Moscow City Court on Thursday. While he remains in custody, his lawyer, Evgeny Smirnov, said the scientist has had no access to any type of secret documents for over the past 20 years.
"Kudryavtsev is not giving testimony as he neither knows nor understands the accusations against him," Smirnov explained.