Director of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ITAM) named after S. A. Khristianovich of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS) Alexander Shiplyuk was arrested in Novosibirsk on charges of high treason. A number of Russian news agencies reported this on Friday, August 5.

“The institute was carrying out operational activities. They are connected with our director Alexander Nikolaevich Shiplyuk. He was arrested. He is charged with the same thing as Maslov (Earlier arrested chief researcher of the institute Anatoly Maslov. – Ed.). Treason,” TASS quotes Vasily Fomin, scientific director of the institute. According to him, Shiplyuk was taken to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow.

Headed the laboratory “Hypersonic technologies”

Alexander Shiplyuk is a well-known Russian scientist, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a major specialist in the field of high-speed aerogasdynamics and experimental methods for studying gas flows. biographies on the website of the institute.

At ITAM SB RAS, Shiplyuk headed the laboratory “Hypersonic Technologies” and was Deputy Director for Research. As follows from the information on the institute’s website, Shiplyuk’s main scientific research is related to the “development of the experimental base and methods of aerophysical research”, the study of wave processes at high flight speeds, as well as “experimental aerothermodynamics of hypersonic aircraft with ramjet engines.”

A series of arrests of scientists on charges of “treason”

Shiplyuk is already the third scientist whose arrest under the article “treason” has become known over the past month and a half. On June 27, on suspicion of high treason, the chief researcher of the same institute was arrested and placed in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center Anatoly Maslov. Maslov is suspected of providing data related to hypersound and is a state secret, TASS wrote, citing an unnamed interlocutor.

Fomin, who spoke about the arrest of Shiplyuk, commenting on the newspaper “Moscow’s comsomolets“Maslov’s case, he said that the institute’s employees were “forced to cooperate with foreign colleagues” on the instructions of the Russian government. “So, Maslov worked with the American Boeing, and with the Chinese, and with the Germans. And now the scientists, it turns out, have become to blame,” Fomin said.

On June 30, Dmitry Kolker, a researcher at the Institute of Laser Physics (ILP) of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, was arrested in Novosibirsk. The scientist was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Despite the diagnosis, he was transferred from a private clinic to Moscow – also to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. Kolker died in jail after three days. According to media reports, both Maslov and Kolker were suspected of providing classified data to China.

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