A young Russian biologist taking samples to a collaborative institute in France has been accused of attempting to smuggle bioweapons by Russia’s federal security service, the FSB. He has been interrogated repeatedly by FSB agents and prevented from leaving the country. His job also now looks uncertain.
In an exclusive Nature news story (Nature 449, 122-123; 2007), the details of his predicament are revealed and experts explain why the accusations are absurd. The case detailed in Nature illustrates a worrying resurgence in Russian scientists being accused of wrong-doing. Read the full story here, which is free access for one week (13-20 September 2007).
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