2 Russian professors convicted of spying for China

AP News
Posted: Jun 20, 2012 11:06 AM
2 Russian professors convicted of spying for China

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has convicted two professors of a St.Petersburg university of handing over missile secrets to China.

The St.Petersburg City Court on Wednesday found Yevgeny Afanasyev and Svyatoslav Bobyshev guilty of treason charges and sentenced them to 12 ½ and 12 years in prison respectively, according to the Interfax news agency.

The two professors of St.Petersburg's Baltic State Technological University were accused of selling confidential information related to Russia's latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the Bulava, to representatives of China's military intelligence. The two men have been in custody since their arrest in March 2010.

Moscow and Beijing have developed what they call a strategic partnership after the 1991 Soviet collapse, but a number of Russian scientists have been convicted of spying for China in recent years.