Russian expert who sold rocket secrets to China freed
Former head of Russian rocket technology firm, Igor Reshetin, who was jailed in 2007 for selling state secrets to China, has been released on parole.
Moscow: The former head of a Russian rocket technology firm, who was jailed in 2007 for selling state secrets to China, has been released on parole.
Igor Reshetin, former director of TsNIIMASH-Export, was sentenced to 11 and a half years in jail. The term was later reduced to seven on appeal.
Reshetin was charged with illegally selling state-controlled technology to a Chinese firm and with stealing 30 million roubles ($925,000) through bogus companies.
Reshetin`s father, Andrei Reshetin, told Radio Liberty that his son was already with his family.
Several of his colleagues were also jailed.
The TsNIIMASH-Export firm was then linked with Russia`s state space agency.
Reshetin insists he is innocent, and rights groups have said he was convicted on fake charges, a claim denied by the authorities.