Relatives of the deceased scientist Dmitry Kolker, who was sent to a pre-trial detention center on charges of treason, despite the fourth stage of cancer, will have to transport his body from Moscow to Novosibirsk at their own expense, the scientist's children told The New York Times. They reported that their father's body has not yet been released to relatives due to problems with documents, which are being resolved, including with a lawyer.
According to the son of the scientist Maxim Kolker, the FSB did not allow the relatives of the deceased to say goodbye to his father, but only "sent a three-line notice of death."
“The FSB killed my father. Knowing what condition he was in, they pulled him out of the hospital. Thank you country! They didn't even let our family say goodbye. Damn. Investigator Morozov, Novosibirsk judge and the entire state machine, I hope you will answer for your actions. Two days was enough for you to kill a man, and now I and my family are without a father, ”Maxim Kolker wrote on his VKontakte page.
On July 3, it became known that the scientist, head of the laboratory of quantum optical technologies of the Faculty of Physics of the NSU, Dmitry Kolker, died in a pre-trial detention center. Earlier, 54-year-old Kolker was detained on suspicion of treason. He was taken directly from the Novosibirsk hospital, despite the last stage of cancer, put on a plane, brought to Moscow and placed in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. Prior to that, he refused to testify against the scientific director of the Institute of Laser Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergey Bagaev and the director of this institute Alexei Taychenachev. Kolker's son Maxim told The Insider. Right before flying to Moscow, Dmitry Kolker called his son and said goodbye. “Perhaps he understood his condition,” Maxim Kolker added.
“He was invited, they wanted him to testify against the chief researcher Bagaev and the director of the Institute of Laser Physics. He said that he would not tell lies and what he did not know. Some kind of incitement took place, ”explained Maxim Kolker. The scientist's son also reported that Kolker was accused of transferring information containing state secrets to China.
He also revealed that his father had stage IV cancer and metastases. He went to a private clinic for chemotherapy, but on June 29 his condition worsened and he was urgently hospitalized. “In normal condition, he weighed 100 kg, now - 67 kg. Five months ago, the doctor said that if nothing is done, then he will have three months to live, if something is done, then he can be extended, but how much is unknown, because there was already the fourth degree, ”he said.
Maxim Kolker is sure that when his father was taken from the hospital, no medicine was taken for him. “They had no idea who they were taking and in what condition,” he added.
Maxim Kolker notes that in the past few years, such attention by the FSB to scientists in Novosibirsk has been a common practice. “But when a person is taken from the hospital, put on a plane and packed into a pre-trial detention center in Moscow on the same day, this is not exactly a common thing,” he says.
Dmitry Kolker traveled to China several times with lectures. According to his son, he was accompanied on trips by an FSB officer who made sure that the scientist did not communicate with students and colleagues in English, but only in Russian through an interpreter.
The scientist's son insists that the documents related to his father's scientific research did not contain state secrets. All of them underwent special examination.