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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

FSB Closes Case Against Researcher

Kinetics.nsc.ruOleg Korobeinichev
In a rare reversal, the Federal Security Service has dropped charges against a researcher accused of divulging state secrets to a foreign government.

The FSB has closed its investigation into Novosibirsk chemist Oleg Korobeinichev, whom it had accused of passing information on the development of new types of solid rocket fuel to the Pentagon, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Korobeinichev was in a hospital Tuesday and not speaking to journalists, said his colleagues at the Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Korobeinichev heads a laboratory that studies flames and combustion.

His lawyer, Andrei Zhukov, said the FSB had informed him that the case had been closed and speculated that the reason was the lack of evidence of wrongdoing, Interfax reported.

Calls to Zhukov's office and the FSB's branch in Novosibirsk went unanswered Tuesday. An FSB spokesman in Moscow declined immediate comment.

Another researcher, Igor Reshetin, went on trial in Moscow on Friday on similar FSB charges.

Korobeinichev is only the second researcher, after Vladimir Soifer, whose case was closed after charges were dismissed, Kommersant reported Tuesday. The 17-month investigation into Soifer, head of a laboratory at the Pacific Oceanological Institute, was closed in late 2000, the Annews.ru news portal reported.