Scientists subjected to political imprisonment in Russia

Scientists subjected to political imprisonment in Russia


This page contains information on scientists who were imprisoned in Russia for political reasons and have not been released. The list below is definitely not exhaustive and for now it is only comprised of mathematicians and physicists.


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The case of Azat Miftakhov

A mathematician has been detained since February 1, 2019. On January 18, 2021, Azat was sentenced to six years in prison.

https://miftakhov.org/


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The case of Valery Golubkin

A physicist has been detained since December, 2020.

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-arrests-hypersonic-aircraft-scientist-for-high-treason/30983246.html 


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The case of Valery Mitko

A physicist has been under house arrest since February, 2020. https://meduza.io/en/feature/2020/06/16/another-septuagenarian-spy 


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The case of Alexey Temirev

A physicist has been detained since July, 2018. In February, 2020, he was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/13/russian-scientist-sentenced-to-75-years-for-treason-a69277 


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The case of Sergei Meshcheryakov

A researcher has been under house arrest since July, 2015.

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-scientist-77-under-house-arrest-on-treason-charges/30056180.html 


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The case of Alexei Vorobyov

In April, 2021, a scientist was sentenced to twenty years in prison.

https://tass.com/emergencies/1282187 


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The case of Anatoly Maslov

A scientist was arrested on 28th of June for an alleged state treason case.

https://www.euronews.com/2022/07/02/uk-russia-scientist-treason 


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The case of Svyatoslav Bobyshev

Svyatoslav Bobyshev was arrested in 2010. In 2012 he was sentenced to twelve years in prison. 

https://memohrc.org/en/news_old/svyatoslav-bobyshev-political-prisoner 


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The case of Viktor Korolev

In February, 2022, a physicist was sentenced to twelve years in prison.

https://generico.ru/2022/02/07/a-resident-of-vladivostok-was-sentenced-to-12-years-in-prison-in-the-case-of-treason/


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The case of Dmitry Kolker

On 30th of June, 2022, a scientist was arrested for an alleged disclosure of state secret information to China. Kolker, suffering from the last stage of cancer, was taken by the FSB directly from the hospital. He died in prison on 3th of July.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/07/01/siberian-scientist-battling-late-stage-cancer-arrested-in-hospital-for-treason-reports-a78172 RIP


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The case of Roman Kovalev

A physicist has been detained since June, 2019. In June, 2020, he was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was released in the first days of April, 2022 and died 2 weeks after.

https://english.pravda.ru/news/society/144689-russian_scientist_hypersonic/ RIP


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The case of Evgeny Afanasyev

Yevgeny Afanasyev was arrested in 2010 and in 2012 he was sentenced to a term of twelve and a half years. He died in prison in April 2015.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imprisonment_of_Evgeny_Afanasyev_and_Svyatoslav_Bobyshev RIP 


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The case of Victor Kudryavzev 

Physicist Victor Kudryavzev was arrested in July, 2018 and released in September, 2019 due to cancer. He died in April, 2021.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/04/30/leading-russian-physicist-charged-with-treason-dies-of-cancer-a73788 RIP