Valentin Danilov, Russian physicist

Valentin Danilov, Russian physicist

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Caption: Valentin Danilov (b.1948), Russian physicist and cause celebre of the human rights movement. Danilov was head of a research centre of Krasnoyarsk State Technical University specialising in the effects of solar radiation on spacecraft. In 1999 he supplied technical equipment to China and was subsequently arrested on espionage charges. Although able to show that the information he had passed was declassified in 1992, Danilov was convicted in 2002, acquitted, then convicted again to 14 years in prison in 2004. He was released on parole in 2012.

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