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Veteran russian scientist Anatoly Maslov gets 14-year sentence for treason

He was among the group of scientists who had conducted theoretical work in areas relevant to the development of hypersonic missiles

Reuters Published 21.05.24, 03:51 PM
Russian physicist Anatoly Maslov, who was arrested in 2022 and accused of state treason, stands behind a glass wall of an enclosure for defendants before a court hearing in Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 21, 2024

Russian physicist Anatoly Maslov, who was arrested in 2022 and accused of state treason, stands behind a glass wall of an enclosure for defendants before a court hearing in Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 21, 2024 REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Russian physicist Anatoly Maslov was convicted of treason on Tuesday and sentenced to 14 years in a penal colony, a Reuters reporter at the court said.

Maslov, 77, is one of a string of eminent Russian scientists who have been charged with treason in recent years.

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He and a number of the others had conducted theoretical work in areas relevant to the development of hypersonic missiles - cutting-edge weapons capable of carrying payloads at up to 10 times the speed of sound to punch through air-defence systems.

Maslov was convicted by a St Petersburg court following a trial that was close to the media. He had protested his innocence.

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