MOSCOW, June 9 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia dismissed a cassation appeal against a 20-year prison term given to the former assistant professor at the Moscow Aviation Institute Alexey Vorobyev for treason, the court’s press service told RAPSI on Thursday.

The court thus upheld the ruling delivered by the Moscow City Court in April 2021.

The man was found guilty of treason and two rare crime counts including preparation for illegal export from Russia or transfer of materials, equipment, technologies, science and technical information, illegal execution of works (provision of services) which can be used for mass destruction weapons and military equipment development and attempted smuggling of extremely poisonous, explosive and radioactive agents, radiation sources, nuclear materials, firearms and their parts, detonating devices, ammunition, mass destruction weapons and their delivery means, other weapons, military hardware, materials and equipment as well as sensitive goods and recources or cultural values or highly valued wild animals and aquatic biological resources. 

In addition to the jail term the defendant received a fine in the amount of 1 million rubles ($17,100 at the current exchange rate).

The case was heard behind closed doors because of confidential data.