In the case of the state treason, searches are conducted at the Research Institute of Machine Building and the analytical center of the space rocket corporation.
The FSB is investigating the case of state treason (Article 275 of the Criminal Code) because of the leakage of data on Russian developments of hypersonic weapons to Western special services. This was reported by “Kommersant” with reference to sources in law enforcement agencies.
According to the publication, on the morning of July 20, the FSB began searches in several offices of the Central Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering (TsNIIMash) in the Moscow region of Korolev, as well as in the office of Dmitry Payson, Director of the Research and Analysis Center of the Joint Space Missile Corporation (ORKK) in Moscow. Information on searches of RIA Novosti was confirmed in the press service of Roskosmos, but did not specify their reasons.
The head of the Roskosmos press service, Vladimir Ustimenko, confirmed the fact of the searches, “without going into details”. According to him, the director general of the state corporation, Dmitry Rogozin, instructed the security service to “give maximum support to the investigative bodies.”
It is established that the leak occurred from the employees of TsNIIMash, with whom Dmitry Payson maintained close contact.
TsNIIMash is the leading scientific organization of Roskosmos. Despite the fact that hypersonic projects are dealt with by the Tactical Missile Armament Corporation, which is not part of the state corporation, the level of cooperation between enterprises remains high. TsNIIMash staff with appropriate access to access to information about the subtleties and nuances of hypersonic developments of a defensive nature.
According to Kommersant, Payson began to cooperate closely with Roskosmos in 2014. At the suggestion of the then head of the ORKK, Igor Komarov, Payson headed the analytical center under the corporation. A few days before the searches, Payson was informed of his imminent dismissal, which was explained by the disbandment of the ORKK.