Russian Supreme Court to handle spy case of researcher Valentin Danilov

Publish date: May 24, 2005

The Russian Supreme Court should set a date within a month for the hearing on Valentin Danilov's case.

His lawyer Anna Stavitskaya said to RIA-Novosti on May 18 that the Supreme Court received the case files and according to the law should set a datewithin a month for the hearing concerning Danilov’s cassational appeal agains the last year verdict on his case.

November last year, the investigation found that Danilov passed the results of research conducted for the Russian Defence Ministry to officials of the All-China Import-Export Company Precision Engineering and the Lanzhou Institute of Physics in 1999. At that time, Danilov headed the Thermo-Physics Centre at the Krasnoyarsk State Technical University. He was also accused of having taken over 450,000 rubles belonging to the university using his authority and forging financial documents. The scientist did not plead guilty.

Danilov’s research dealt with the effect of solar activity on space satellites. In December 2003 he was cleared of the charges but in June 2004 the Supreme Court cancelled that verdict and sent his case for a retrial with another group of judges. Dr. Danilov has consistently maintained that the information he is accused of selling has been available in scientific journals and had been declassified for over 10 years.