The Moscow City Court sentenced Valery Golubkin, a 71-year-old professor at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, a leading researcher at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, to 12 years in a strict regime colony in the case of treason. The court found Mr. Golubkin guilty of transferring reports on work on the HEXAFLY-INT hypersonic civil aircraft abroad.
Valery Golubkin pleaded not guilty. The case was opened on April 12, 2021. On the same day, the scientist was sent to Lefortovo.
According to Valery Golubkin’s lawyer Ivan Pavlov (recognized as a foreign agent), in November 2018, at the direction of the chief, the scientist handed over reports on the work done to the HEXAFLY-INT project coordinator Johan Stilant (ESA-ESTEC). According to the lawyer, Valery Golubkin did not collect information for reports, but only helped to draw them up. According to the lawyer, documents were received for all reports confirming the absence of “sensitive” information.
Prior to his arrest, Valery Golubkin worked as a leading researcher in department N11 of the research department 2 (NIO-2). The head of the department, Anatoly Gubanov, was arrested in a treason case in December 2020.