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POLITICS: Russian security arrests institute head for spying

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posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 02:29 PM
A russian scientist has been investigated and arrested by the russian Federal Security Service(FSB). He was arrested on charges of spying and relaying information to a corporation in South Korea. He claims he did nothing illegal and the its the FSB agents who have commited a crime by arresting him without cause. Human rights groups in russia have noted that the dual use technology in question has been exported out of country since the late 80's; to India in '87 and Italy in '90.
Oskar Kaibyshev, founder and director of the Institute for Metals Superplasticity Problems in Ufa, could be imprisoned for ten years if he is convicted. He says he is being accused of exporting dual-use technologies, which have both civilian and military applications, to a tyre manufacturer.
The interrogation focused on several years of collaboration between the institute and the tyre maker ASA, a subsidiary of Hankook Tire, which is based in Seoul. Kaibyshev says that the firm is using superplastic technology in its designs for high-pressure tyres. The technology stretches titanium alloy to enhance its mechanical properties and, according to Kaibyshev, can be used to produce spherical tanks that can be inflated to a pressure of 1,000 atmospheres.
The institute has not had access to state secrets for two decades, Kaibyshev told the Moscow-based radio station, Ekho Moskvy. "If you need to put somebody on trial, it should be agents of the FSB, who were fully informed of our contracts and should have warned us if there were any problems."
The FSB declined to comment, saying that it would release details of the charges against Kaibyshev next week.

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An interesting situation. If his claims that the tech is not secret, and that the FSB knew about his long standing partnership with the South Koreans, then I do not think its safe to say that the FSB simply made a mistake. The superficial appearances of this instance might bear no relationship to whats actually going on behind the scenes.

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[edit on 25-2-2005 by Banshee]

posted on Feb, 26 2005 @ 01:27 AM
This will cause outrage with President Bush!

How dare the Russians try to stop corporations and big business from making money! It will make him sick to his stomach. The freedoms and right of a....tyre making business are being infringed and its a sad day for democracy in Russia

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