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Russian "Spy" would have appropriated General Electric's secret documents

The information would be used for the development of the Irkut MC-21 aircraft -VIDEO

Aleksandr Korshunov is a Russian manager of ODK, a company that produces engines. He was arrested in Naples on September 5 for industrial espionage at the request of the USA. According to Russian media, the man would have illegally appropriated documents of General Electric and secret information to be used in the development of the Russian Aviadvigatel PD-14 program, a turbofan for the new MS-21 civil aircraft.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is angry and he said: "stopping Russian citizens at the request of America is a bad practice, which can complicate relations between the two countries". Moscow then asked, today, on September 6, for the immediate withdrawal of the request for the extradition of the high executive in the United States and the Russian embassy reiterated that the catching for former Soviet citizens is against international law and cannot be accepted.

The Irkut MC-21 is a short-range, medium-haul narrow-body airliner, twin-wing, low-wing monoplane, under development and production by the Russian aviation companies Irkut and Yakovlev of the United Aircraft Corporation. The new airplane will replace the old models of Tupolev Tu-154 and Tu-204/214 in Russian aeronautical production and aims to place itself, in the world market for narrow-body aircraft, as a competitor against Airbus and Boeing.

Below, videos about the PD-14 and the Irkut MC-21 aircraft:

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