Recently it became known that another espionage scandal associated with Russia is gaining momentum. Now on the “hero of the invisible front” came out the Russian special services in the city of Yekaterinburg. An employee of one of the closed defense enterprises of the capital of the Urals was found to have transferred secrets about the Russian intercontinental ballistic missile "Bulava" abroad. It is reported that this man worked as an engineer in the NGO "Automation" and participated in the development of control systems for ICBMs. It is in the transfer of materials relating to the management of Bulava to foreign citizens that the Ural engineer is suspected, whose name is not disclosed in the interests of the investigation.
By the way, this is not the first time when people who have access to the secrets of the “Bulava” are involved in spy scandals. The last lit episode concerned one of the high-ranking employees of the Plesetsk cosmodrome, Lieutenant Colonel Nesterts. In February 2012, Vladimir Nesterets was sentenced by the court to 13 years of imprisonment for actively cooperating with the US Central Intelligence Agency in transferring data on missile complexes for substantial remuneration. Then the case was qualified by the court as treason.
To which state the Ekaterinburg engineer transmitted the secrets of the ICBM “Bulava”, while also kept secret, but it is quite possible that we are talking about one of the nuclear powers interested in the information concerning the missile control systems. From the officially published data, it follows that the Bulava missile will be put into service at the end of this year. Modern modification of the rocket allows you to carry up to eight, according to others, up to ten individual-maneuvering units with nuclear filling. The trajectory of these blocks is such that none of the existing opponents of potential computers are able to calculate it (trajectory). The secret of such maneuverability lies in the developed method of controlling both the rocket itself and its units.
It is obvious that the method of controlling the rocket was chosen by foreign special services as the main target, which it was necessary, figuratively speaking, to hit with the help of a Russian engineer. In other words, if the main secret of the Bulava was at the disposal of the states concerned, then automatically a solid propellant ballistic missile could cease to be a serious threat to interceptors. And this, in turn, can only mean one thing: the long-term work of the designers and assemblers of this rocket, as well as the billions invested in the design and creation of the rocket, of the Russian taxpayers' funds turn into meaningless spending.
It turns out that even the army of the creators of the newest Russian weapons may be powerless compared to the thirst for personal gain of an individual person. It is difficult to imagine that working at such an enterprise, this person felt a lack of money. Apparently, the main role was played by the usual thirst for profit, which, as this precedent showed, can even sweep away state interests in its path.
It remains to hope that the Russian counterintelligence had managed to stop spying activities at the Yekaterinburg defense enterprise at its initial stage. Otherwise, the security of Russia may be caused such damage, which is comparable to the famous conversion program of the beginning of the 90-x.
By the way, the punishment of imprisonment, which was received for high treason by the same lieutenant colonel Vladimir Nesterets in February 2012 (13 years of the colony), can be considered soft enough if you take into account what damage to the transfer of secret information can lead to the country as a whole. .
During the existence of the USSR, for the disclosure of state secrets of a criminal, the highest measure could be expected - execution. Today, Russian legislation offers a much milder punishment for state criminals. This punishment is from 12 to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to 500 thousand rubles. If we take into account that the damage from disclosure of state secrets may amount to billions of rubles (excluding payments to designers, assemblers, technical staff), then a fine of 500 thousand looks like a mockery of the very concept of state secrets ...
"Mace". How are the state secrets of Russia sold ...
- Alexei Volodin