The Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB) began executing search warrants as part of the investigation into the leak of the data related to the development of the hypersonic weapons, the newspaper Kommersant reports.
According to the newspaper, the searches were executed at the Russian Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) and the office of the director of the United Rocket and Space Corporation (URSC), Dmitry Payson.
Kommersant writes that the FSB is questioning employees, which may be involved in the leak of the classified information to Эforeign security agenciesЭ. One of Kommersant’s sources said that the information was leaked by TsNIIMash employees, who were in “close contact” with Payson. The source also added that "many heads will roll" and it would mean more than just dismissals.
TsNIIMash is the main scientific center of Roscosmos (Russia’s state-owned space agency). The organization is in close collaboration with JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), which works on hypersonic projects.
Roscosmos confirmed the ongoing searches, and added that Dmitry Rogozin, the Director General of the state corporation, ordered: "to provide maximum support to the investigative authorities."
Before becoming the Director of Research, Space Technologies and Telecommunication Cluster at Skolkovo Foundation, Dmitry Payson worked in TsNIIMash.