Another Russian Scientist Convicted of Treason – Is Kremlin Silencing Him Due to Possible Knowledge of Losharik?

  • Russian scientist holds patents involving submarines.
  • He was convicted for high treason and given 7.5 years at a high security prison.
  • Russia continues to silence scientists.

A Russian court in the Rostov region sentenced a scientist from Novocherkassk, Alexey Temerev, to 7.5 years in a high-security prison for high treason. The case is classified. Nevertheless, upon doing research about the company Temerev owned, I learned he was an intern from Vietnam. However, Vietnam is not known for stealing classified defense sensitive information in Russia.

Alexey Temerev.

Also, according to the official version, Temerev himself contacted the FSB in 2018 asking permission to sell classified information. Such would be a complete paradox. Also the timing itself is very peculiar. The last wave of convictions shows Putin’s personal interest in gagging a myriad of people ahead of the vote to amendment the Russian Constitution.

Overall, Temerev is connected to nearly 46 patents. I took a closer look at the patent database and what patents the Russian scientist held that could be used in the defense sector:

RU 2 314 967 C2

FIELD: shipboard gears; laying and heaving-in towed antenna cables by submarine vessels.

 SUBSTANCE: proposed gear has manual winch with antenna cable, stuffing box with cutoff valve and cable machine with frame; mounted on this frame is grip unit with roller holders and toothed belts fitted on smooth pulleys and engageable with toothed belts connected with drive for motion of antenna cable. One roller holder of cable machine is made in form of hollow body filled with hydraulic medium; pushers with hold-down rollers are mounted in holes of walls of housing.

RU 2 390 896 C2

FIELD: electricity.

SUBSTANCE: invention refers to ship’s electric power systems (EPS), namely to EPS of submarines (diesel-electric, with electrochemical generators, etc.), underwater vehicles (bathyscaphs, etc.), as well as surface ships with electric propulsion, uninterrupted power supply of responsible consumers 27 V DC and 220 V AC. Invention can be used for uninterrupted electric power supply of high-stable voltage of 27 V DC and 220 V of alternating sine-wave high-quality current with frequency of 50 Hz of various responsible consumers on submarine, as well as on other objects (movable and stationary, industrial and military purpose), the EPS of which include two independent networks of generation and distribution of electric power with DC voltage. In the proposed electric power system there provided is reliable protection of consumers against impact of pulse high-voltage switching overvoltages appearing in ship’s networks of generation and distribution of DC voltage, there implemented is reliable galvanic isolation of load from supply mains, and by means of microcontroller control systems of power equipment of dc-to-dc voltage converter and dc-to-ac voltage converter; there provided is complete independence of quality properties of output voltages (27 V DC and 220 V of alternating sine-wave current) on the load from parametres of supply mains at maintaining operability at least of one of supply mains. Proposed systems are implemented in practice in export diesel-electric submarines of “Amur-1650” project on the basis of ABP-L uninterrupted power supply units produced in batches by CJSC IRIS.

RU 2 376 625 C1

FIELD: physics; computer engineering.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to information measuring and computer engineering and can be used in electrical power engineering for recording parametres of transient processes of variation of voltage and current in electrical networks during accidents. The technical outcome is achieved due to that: 1) the first version of the recording device has a group of analogue sensors, a group of digital sensors, multichannel first analogue and second digital switches, modulus former, null detector, reference voltage source, decoder, first, second and third random access memory (RAM), read-only memory (ROM), microcontroller, timer, first – fourth single channel analogue switches, analogue-to-digital converter (ADC), first and second analogue comparators, register, first – fifth counters, first – third triggers, NAND component, first – fifth AND components, first – fourth OR components, first – sixteenth monostable multivibrators, digital comparator, clock pulse generator; 2) in the second version, the recording device has a group of analogue sensors, a group of digital sensors, multichannel first analogue and second digital switches, module former, null detector, reference voltage source, decoder, first, second and third RAM, ROM, microcontroller, timer, first -third single-channel analogue switches, clock pulse generator, ADC, register, first – fifth counters, first – fifth OR components, first – fourteenth monostable multivibrators, first – third triggers, NAND components, first – sixth AND components, first and second digital comparators, boundary code assignment unit.

EFFECT: wider functional capabilities of the device due to possibility of recording parametres of transient processes of variation of voltage and current in electrical networks during accidents, as well as in time intervals before emergency situations.

Taking a closer look at his biography and his patents and interests in the field, it is plausible to believe his work was geared towards submarines. What is even more peculiar: even though court proceedings released minimal information claiming that he was President of the Mechatronica, in reality the patents held pertaining to submarines are all under IRIS, which is registered in Russia and specifically does work for the Russian defense sector.

Looking at the information and comparing the patents overall, and the parties listed on them, it is plausible to believe Alexey Temerev was silenced as he would have had access to information pertaining to Losharik.

Russian Project 210, Project 10831 or AS-31, nicknamed Losharik, is a Russian deep-diving nuclear powered submarine. On 1 July 2019, a fire broke out on the vessel while it was taking underwater measurements of the sea floor in Russian territorial waters.  There were mass casualties and elite servicemen died on the vessel. The information was later removed in Russia and no further announcements have been made.

Now this conviction of the scientist. This is an eerie reflection of the Soviet Era when physicists were put in prison and worse. This case seems to follow the same trajectory and has a plausible connection to Losharik. People with information about that disaster could be detrimental to the Kremlin, if ever, they released or leaked what really happened and the use of that submarine.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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