Researcher charged for sharing rocket research with Russia

German authorities said last Thursday, 27 January, that a former research assistant at a university in Bavaria handed confidential information related to Europe’s Ariane rocket programme to a Russian intelligence officer, writes Joshua Posaner for Politico.

The accused – identified only as Ilnur N – has been charged with passing on “information on research projects in the field of aerospace technology, in particular the various development stages of the European launcher Ariane”, to the Russian intelligence services for a total of €2,500 (US$2,800).

The charges from the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office relate to “secret service activity”, according to a statement. “From the end of November 2019, there were regular personal meetings between the accused and a senior officer of the Russian foreign intelligence service stationed in Germany,” the prosecutors said.
Full report on the Politico site