Dmitry Kolkar, 54, died on Saturday in a hospital in Moscow, where he was transferred from a prison in the capital, indicates a message from authorities published by his son Maxim Kolkar on the social network VKontakte.
Two days earlier, a court in Novosibirsk, a large city in Siberia, indicated that Dmitry Kolkar had been arrested and remanded to custody for two months.
According to this source, he was charged with “treason of the state” and “espionage” for the benefit of a “foreign state”, a crime punishable by 20 years in prison.
His family says he was arrested by Security Service (FSB) agents at a clinic in Novosibirsk, where he was being treated for terminal cancer, then transferred to Moscow, regardless of his health condition.
“FSB killed my father, they knew what he was doing, but they took him out of the hospital. Thank you my country!!! His family was not even allowed to say goodbye to him,” said Maxim Kolkar Wrote on VKontakte on Sunday.
Specialist in lasers, Dmitry Kolkar, doctor of physics and mathematics, directed a laboratory on “quantum and optical techniques,” according to the State University of Novosibirsk site.
According to his son, he was suspected of espionage after giving a lesson at an international conference in China. During this conference, still according to his son, Dmitry Kolkar was permanently with an FSB agent in order to avoid the dissemination of sensitive information.
In Russia, scientists are regularly accused of espionage and sometimes convicted in very controversial cases.
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