Germany arrests Russia national over alleged aerospace technology intelligence - JURIST - News SUPPORT USDONATE NOWWikiImages / PixabayGermany arrests Russia national over alleged aerospace technology intelligenceNadia Murray-Ragg | Victoria U. Wellington Faculty of Law, NZ
Germany announced it arrested Russian national Ilnur N. on Thursday for alleged involvement with Russia’s foreign intelligence service.
According to German prosecutors, Ilnur used his position as a research assistant at a Bavarian university to share information with locally stationed Russian senior intelligence officers. Germany alleged that Ilnur engaged in three such meetings and shared intelligence at two of the meetings.
The intelligence related to Ilnur’s knowledge about German research into aerospace technology and work with the Ariane program. The European Space Agency describes Ariane as a program which “has been leading Europe to the forefront of space transportation for over 40 years.”
There have been five Ariane rockets launched to date. The sixth Ariane rocket is in development. It will build on the success of the fifth Ariane rocket which is a “highly reliable heavy-lift rocket able to place single or multiple payloads in any orbit.”
German prosecutors allege that Ilnur received €2,500 from Russia in exchange for the information. This arrest comes after a warrant for Ilnur’s arrest was issued in June 2021.