Monday, November 26, 2012

Russian Physicist Released on Parole after 8 Years in Jail

Russian physicist and convicted spy Valentin Danilov, who was released on parole on Saturday after serving eight years in prison, has arrived in Novosibirsk, west Siberia. “I had a wonderful trip, but the wind blew from the windows, as usual,” Danilov said on arriving in Novosibirsk, where he spent his youth studying at a university. The scientist told RIA Novosti he had no plans as yet to look for work and just wanted to rest and recover after serving his sentence. “I want to say that the place I was sent to was no way a health resort,” he said. The physicist, who headed the Thermo-Physics Center at Krasnoyarsk State Technical University, was convicted of treason, related to transfer of classified information to China. The data allegedly came from his research conducted for Russia’s Defense Ministry. The scientist consistently maintained that the information he was accused of selling had been available in scientific journals and had been declassified for over 10 years.

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