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Russia-China Relations: There is a very deep friendship between China and Russia. A few months ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping had made a three-day visit to Russia, in which the Presidents of both the countries openly praised each other. Even after being very close, China is not holding back from backstabbing its friend Russia. In fact, recently, the director of the top Russian Science Institute and two other experts have been arrested for sharing the secrets of the hypersonic missile with China. It should be known that China has cheated Pakistan by calling it a friend. Due to many projects of China, Pakistan is badly in debt.
Alexander Shipluk, head of Siberia’s Kristianovich Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ITAM), is suspected of handing over classified material at a scientific conference in China in 2017, sources told news agency Reuters. However, Alexander Shipluk has denied the allegations leveled against him. They have said the information in question was not classified and was freely available online, according to the people.
Asked about the charges against ITAM experts, as well as previous treason cases involving China, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the security services were keeping an eye on possible cases related to treason to the motherland. “This is very important work. It is ongoing and it is hardly possible to talk about any kind of trend here,” he added. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that Russia is the world leader in hypersonic missiles, state-of-the-art weapons capable of carrying payloads at up to 10 times the speed of sound to punch through air-defense systems.
Last year, laser specialist Dmitry Kolar was arrested in Siberia on charges of treason, but died two days later of cancer. His lawyer Alexander Fedulov told last week that Kolkar was accused of passing secrets to China. However, the allegation was denied by the scientist’s family. In addition, Valery Mitko, head scientist at the Arctic Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, was also accused in 2020 of passing secrets to China, where he travels regularly to give lectures. He died two years later at the age of 81 while under house arrest.
Meanwhile, Russia’s parliament last month raised the maximum sentence for treason from 20 years to life in prison amid its ongoing war with Ukraine. On Tuesday, the head of the security committee of Russia’s lower house of parliament backed a draft law tightening access to the country’s secrets, saying 48 Russians have been convicted of treason between 2017 and 2022.
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