A 30-year-old researcher at the University of Augsburg was accused of research in favor of Russian intelligence. The charge was brought in December 2021, then Ilnur N. pleaded not guilty
A court in Germany sentenced an employee of the University of Augsburg Ilnur N. (the full name of the defendant is not given) to one year on probation on charges of scientific espionage for Russia, reports Augsburger Allgemeine.
“The Higher Regional Court in Munich sentenced a Russian citizen to a year of probation on charges of working for Russian intelligence. As the presiding judge stated, the 30-year-old researcher at the University of Augsburg no longer denied that he had conducted research in favor of Russian intelligence, — writes the publication.
After the verdict was passed, the decision to arrest Ilnur N. was cancelled. Augsburger Allgemeine recalls that the defendant previously denied guilt and claimed that he did not know that he could maintain contact with an intelligence officer.
The German Federal Prosecutor's Office announced that it had charged a university researcher with working for “Russian intelligence SVR” December 9, 2021. The investigation believed that people from the Foreign Intelligence Service “showed interest in the various stages of development of the European Ariane launch vehicle.” and asked the suspect to provide for study the materials with which he worked.
The prosecution alleged that “Ilnur N. transmitted information about research projects in the field of aerospace technologies, in particular about the various stages of development of the European rocket – carrier Ariane, an employee of the Consulate General [of Russia] in Munich, and in return received €2.5 thousand».
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At the trial, it turned out that Ilnur N. processed and transmitted publicly available information, writes Augsburger Allgemeine. However, the publication notes that only the fact of cooperation with foreign intelligence in Germany is a punishable act.
The defendant admitted in court that he had transferred scientific work to a third party and received a reward of €2.5 thousand, but again stated that he did not know that he was in contact with a representative of the Russian special service.
Defendant's lawyers asked for an acquittal . They stated that the information that Ilnur N. passed on to a third party had nothing to do with the subject of his work at the Institute for the Study of Materials at the University of Augsburg, where the Russian wanted to get a doctorate.
On April 1, the German Federal Prosecutor's Office announced that it had accused Bundeswehr reserve officer Ralph G. of collaborating with Russian intelligence. In the civil service, the suspect served on several committees of the German Ministry of Economics. According to the prosecutor's office, the defendant supplied Russian agents with information about the consequences of the economic sanctions of Germany and the European Union imposed against Russia in 2014, as well as about the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He also passed on information about Bundeswehr reservists and the personal details of high-ranking members of the German armed forces and business representatives. The prosecutor's office claims that the suspect worked for intelligence from October 2014 to March 2020.
On April 12, the Polish National Prosecutor's Office announced the detention of a Russian permanently residing in the country on suspicion of espionage in the interests of Russian intelligence. The agency believes that the man “gathered information about military units, their equipment and staffing.” The Russian is facing up to ten years in prison.
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