Former Russian Military Bomber Engineer Seeks U.S. Asylum

Offers to provide closely guarded military secrets in exchange

  • In late December, a Russian military bomber engineer arrived by car with his family at the U.S. southwest border and requested that he be admitted to the country because he feared persecution for participating in anti-Putin protests.
  • The man requested asylum and offered to provide some of Russia’s most closely kept military secrets, according to an unclassified Customs and Border Protection report obtained by Yahoo News.
  • The man said he was a civil engineer and according to the CBP report, “his past employment had included working … from 2018 to 2021 in the making of a particular type of military airplane at the Tupolev aircraft production facility in the city of Kazan in west-central Russia.”