Quantum Bayesian Networks

August 4, 2015

Russian Quantum Computer Scientist (a postdoc) Fired From Dutch University For …Spying for Russia

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 7:37 pm

Check out:

Russian computer scientist fired from Dutch university for spying” by Martin Enserink ( Science AAAS, July 29, 2015)


A Russian computer scientist was fired from his job at a university in the Netherlands last year after Dutch intelligence officers warned he was spying for his home country. Ivan Agafonov, a postdoc at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) who was working on quantum computing, lost his work visa around the same time and left the Netherlands.

What I would like to know is: Why was an employee at a

    university lab

(not a government or industrial lab) being monitored by German and Dutch spy agencies? If a Russian postdoc working at a Dutch university lab communicates scientific facts acquired at that lab to another Russian scientist, is that considered a crime (“endangering national security”) in the Netherlands?



  1. Very odd story. The guy certainly didn’t receive any due process, but after the Ukraine crisis and the shoot-down of MH17 which killed scores of Dutch passengers, there will be very little sympathy in the Netherlands for anybody associated with Russian intelligence agencies.

    Comment by Quax — August 4, 2015 @ 7:47 pm

  2. Exactly the same thought came to my mind !!!! It is good to see that !!!

    Comment by sijo joseph — August 7, 2015 @ 5:19 am

  3. I mean it is good to see your thoughts !

    Comment by sijo joseph — August 7, 2015 @ 5:20 am

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