Russia: Regime tries to shift blame for hypersonic missile embarrassment by accusing scientists of “treason”

Source: NBC News

“Russia’s hypersonic missiles have taken a dual hit this week from Patriots fired by Ukraine and ‘patriots’ arrested at home. Once touted as unstoppable, the program now faces growing domestic fallout from treason charges against three scientists who worked on the technology, just as Kyiv claims its U.S.-supplied air defense systems have been able to shoot many of the missiles down. The Kremlin said Wednesday that the scientists face ‘very serious accusations’ after a rare public outcry over a wartime crackdown that has fueled a growing sense of unease across Russian society.” (05/18/23)