Russian rocket scientist tells German court: ‘I’m not an agent’

Russian researcher accused of spy while working a european rocket program denied the allegations against him in a german court on Thusday.

“I am not an agent”, the Russian national said then that son trial ended way in Munich.

the young man, who worked as a researcher at the University of Augsburg to last yearhas been loaded with secret service agent activity. Federal prosecutors believe that russian secret service had sought son help get information on development of the European launcher Ariane.

According to the indictment, the man repeatedly surrendered over scientist articles which were accessible to public online at a consulate employee in Munich – in exchange for a payment of €2,500 ($2,843).

He is accused of using son university position for access information.

The accused does not deny these allegations. However, he stressed that he had no know than the man he was in contact with has been also a member of the secret a service.

He had met him by chance on a travel with friends, said the defendant. Afterwards they met for a beer, where the consulate employee told him about an acquaintance who wanted invest in aeronautical projects.

“I never thought he was a employee of an agent organization”said the defendant.

He also argued that he could not imagine that Russia secret service would be interested in information it is publicly available anyway. the articles on the Ariane rocket maybe found on Wikipedia.

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