Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

Providing Internet to rural areas

Read more

WEB NEWS

290 Syrian cultural sites damaged by civil war

Read more

WEB NEWS

The best viral Christmas ads of 2012

Read more

FASHION

Fashion, what's happened in 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France: 2014 in review

Read more

#THE 51%

South Africa: Taking a stand against child marriage

Read more

DEBATE

The Future of the Book

Read more

DEBATE

The Future of the Book (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

France 24’s best documentaries of 2014

Read more

Asia-pacific

Russia claims to have detained Chinese spy

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-10-05

Russia reported Wednesday the detention of a Chinese national suspected of trying to procure secret documents on missile technology while posing as an official interpreter in Moscow. The man was arrested almost one year ago.

REUTERS - Russia's security service said on Wednesday it had detained a suspected undercover Chinese spy late last year who was working to gain access to sensitive missile technology, Russian news agencies reported.

It was not clear why news of the detention was released only now, less than a week before Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visits China as part of efforts to strengthen ties with Beijing.

Chinese citizen Tun Sheniyun had been accused of trying to buy sensitive material on a Russian anti-aircraft missile system while working under the guise of a translator for official delegations, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said, according to the state-run RIA news agency.

"An investigation revealed that a Chinese citizen on assignment from the Ministry of State Security of the People's Republic of China was working as a translator for official delegations and was attempting to gather ... documents on the anti-aircraft S-300 missile system from Russian citizens in exchange for money," RIA quoted an FSB statement as saying.

It said the suspect was detained on Oct. 28 last year. Prosecutors filed charges of attempted espionage with the Moscow City Court on Tuesday, said the FSB, the main successor of the Soviet KGB.

The relationship between the two neighbouring powers has seen highs and lows since their 1950s Cold War alliance.

Although Beijing's once heavy dependence on Russia for defence has waned, analysts say the Chinese have copied aspects of some of the higher-end Russian military technology, including parts of the new T-50 stealth fighter.

The FSB's statement said the suspected spy was trying to buy technical and maintenance documents for the surface-to-air missile system, of which China bought 15 units last year.

Analysts say clients often complain that Russia, the second largest weapons exporter in the world, fails to follow up on technical maintenance for the arms it sells.

 

Date created : 2011-10-05

  • DIPLOMACY

    Medvedev vows 'indestructible' strategic ties with China

    Read more

  • ENERGY

    Putin inaugurates Russian section of pipeline to China

    Read more

COMMENT(S)