Dr. Alexander Shiplyuk led a distinguished Russian facility focused on hypersonic flight. A member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, he has been involved in “high-speed air gas dynamics” and aerothermal dynamics of hypersonic aircraft, according to the Russian state news agency.
Vladimir Putin has repeatedly emphasized the importance of hypersonic missiles for the Russian military arsenal, announcing that the Russian Navy will be equipped with Zircon hypersonic missiles capable of reaching 6,600 mph.
Dr Shiplyuk, from the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, was sent to Lefortovo detention center in the capital, according to Russian news agency TASS.
Vasily Fomin, scientific director of the institute, was quoted by TASS as saying that “investigative activities took place at the institute”.
He added: “They are linked to our manager, Alexander Shiplyuk, who has been arrested.”
Russian state media later reported that an unnamed source within the investigation said Dr Shiplyuk was suspected of passing classified information related to Russia’s hypersonic research.
They added that the case was being handled by the FSB, the Russian security service.
The source then said Dr Skiplyuk was facing “the same charges” as Anatoly Maslov, who was arrested last month.
Professor Maslov is an expert in aerohydrodynamics at Novosibirsk State Technical University.
Dmitry Kolker was arrested on suspicion of collaborating with Chinese security services.
Just two days after his arrest, it was announced that the scientist had died of pancreatic cancer.
He had been taken from a hospital in Siberia by the FSB where he was receiving treatment for stage four cancer, his family said.
Maxim Kolker, his 22-year-old son, said: “The last contact I had with my father was at 6:15 p.m. on the flight to Moscow. He said he was saying goodbye.
He added: “The investigator said the conditions were good, with a refrigerator in the prison cell. What refrigerator? The man cannot eat, he is fed intravenously”.
He continued, “He is constantly vomiting. People don’t walk around in such conditions.
His daughter, Alina, said: “Our family is going through total hell.
“Our father cannot die surrounded by his family members.”
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