December 27, 2020
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
President of the Russian Federation
Ul. Ilyinka, 23
Fax: +7 495 9102134
Dear President Putin:
The Committee of Concerned Scientists is an independent organization of scientists, physicians, engineers and scholars devoted to the protection and advancement of human rights and scientific freedom for colleagues all over the world.
We write to express our concern over the arrest of scientist Anatoly Gubanov – a defendant in a case of high treason for allegedly passing along secret data on hypersonic flight to foreign actors.
Anatoly Gubanov was arrested in December 2020. The Moscow’s Lefortovo District Court has ruled that he be detained until February 2, 2021 on charges that could lead to a prison term of up to 20 years. It would appear that he is being targeted for working on an international collaboration for a civil hypersonic airliner.
Gubanov is a respected scientist at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI). He teaches at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). His father-in-law was the leading Soviet aviation designer Leonid Shkadov.
We are concerned that our colleague, Anatoly Gubanov, is part of a recurring pattern of prosecuting Russian scientists whose work on unclassified civilian projects may overlap with military applications.
We write to urge you to ensure that he is treated fairly, that he is provided with adequate medical treatment, and regular access to family and independent legal representation. We further urge that whatever legal proceedings are held in his case meet international standards for fair trials. If he was, in fact, engaging in a collaboration using data that was unclassified at the time, he must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Thank you for your attention to this serious matter. We will be closely following developments in this case.
Joel L. Lebowitz, Paul H. Plotz, Walter Reich, Eugene M. Chudnovsky, Alexander Greer
Co-Chairs, Committee of Concerned Scientists
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov,
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 1 202 298 5700 I Fax: 1 202 298 5735