A court in central Russia has convicted a scientist on charges of illegally selling technology abroad that authorities say could be used in weapons.
The Bashkortostan Supreme Court sentenced academic Oskar Kaibyshev Tuesday to a six-year suspended prison term. It also fined him $130,000 and barred him from heading research teams for the next three years.
The 67-year-old Kaibyshev has steadfastly maintained his innocence. He claimed the technology developed at a research institute that he headed had already been patented in the United States and other countries. Defense lawyers say they will appeal.
Russia's Interfax news agency quotes veteran human rights activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva as saying she is grateful for Kaibyshev's suspended sentence. However, she called the verdict "outrageous." She said she believes that Russian security officials framed the scientist.Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.