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One of Russia's leading scientists has died less than two days after he was dragged out of a cancer bed and locked up on charges of high treason.

Dr Dmitry Kolker, 54, was flown across Russia from Novosibirsk, where he taught quantum physics and maths, to Moscow's notorious Lefortovo Prison on Friday.

After 48 hours, the leading laser scientist died, his family announced today.

He was under the watch of state security service the FSB, once led by Vladimir Putin.

Kolker, who suffered stage 4 pancreatic cancer and was too ill for chemotherapy, is cared for by his mother. The FSB claims it had medical authorisation to detain the world-leading scientist

Dr Kolker poses for a snap with daughter Alina, who said her family is 'going through total hell'

Dr Kolker's family accused the FSB of 'torture' and abusing the doctor's human rights by pulling him out of his death bed. He had stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The FSB claimed it had medical authorisation to unplug him from his hospital drip and lock him up as part of a major spy probe.

The scientist was accused of leading a pro-China spy ring alongside Professor Anatoly Maslov, 75, a hypersonic technologies teacher.

Maslov remains in Lefortovo, which became famous during Stalin's Great Purge of political opponents, businessmen and scientists.

Dr Kolker was held at infamous Lefortovo Prison, associated with Stalin's 1930s Great Purge

Dr Kolker (right) poses with musician son Maxim (left), who insisted his father was not a spy

An academic who knew Kolker said: 'Putin is seeing spies everywhere.

'Top scientists were officially urged to collaborate with top foreign partners [and] did so. 

'Now they are being accused of espionage.'

Dr Kolker was head of Novosibirsk State University's quantum optical technologies laboratory.

A slim-looking Kolker is pictured in a recent photo shortly before his fatal detainment

He was regarded as a world expert on lasers, having previously collaborated with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford.

Kolker was too ill for chemotherapy when he was detained.

His daughter Alina Mironova, 29, said after his arrest in late June: 'Our family is going through total hell.

'Our father cannot pass away surrounded by his family members.'

The scientist's son Maxim, 22, said his father had travelled to China on a lecturing trip.

But the scientist - also a talented musician - was accompanied all the time by an FSB agent who approved every word of his lectures, he said.

They strongly denied he had passed state secrets on lasers to China. 

Dr Maslov, chief researcher at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is accused of transmitting hypersonic state secrets to a foreign power, believed to be China.

Kolker's colleague Anatoly Maslov, 75, remains in custody at the notorious Moscow jail

The exact nature of the alleged crime is not known but his work included hypersonic innovations for aircraft.

Maslow is known to have previously worked with Boeing in America and with German and Chinese partners. 

Academician Vasily Fomin, scientific director of Maslov's institute, said: 'He dealt with the problems of laminar-turbulent transition, which affects the reduction of the resistance of aircraft.

Kolker, pictured at an organ rehearsal in Berlin, was also a keen musician in his spare time

'At one time on the instructions of the government, everyone was forced to cooperate with foreign colleagues.

'So, Maslov worked with the American Boeing, and with the Chinese, and the Germans.

'And now scientists, it turns out, have become guilty.'

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You can’t spell Michelangelo without Elan Gale. Sir, you’ve done it again.

The FBoy Island creator has pulled off another masterful season of reality-dating chaos, and he saved the best twist for last. Forget about FBoy Island. Haven’t we seen all the FBoys the world has to offer? FGirl Island is where it’s at, baby!

Hearts were broken. Relationships were solidified. New villains emerged out of the shadows. Yes, the last two episodes of FBoy Island had it all. During the “Mansplain”—in which every guy convenes on the island one last time to air their grievances on the remaining dudes—the first twist dropped: Tamaris traded Nice Guy Tom out for Nice-ish Guy Niko. This didn’t even matter, but cool.

Then, the girls embarked on 24-hour dates with their final two—for Tamaris, Casey and Niko; for Louise, Mercedes and Benedict; for Mia, Peter and Danny. After a summer of weeding out FBoys from Nice Guys, the girls faced their final decision. Select a Nice Guy, and you get to split the $100,000 cash prize. But laud an FBoy as your final decision, and the money’s in their hands.

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That’s not all. This season, host Nikki Glaser presented the girls with a surprise bonus option as they waited for their men to arrive. If any lady desired to keep the money for herself, she could reject both men and pocket the $100,000.

If anything, the sophomore season of FBoy Island found that, yes, Nice Guys do finish last. None of them walked away victors in the end. But does that mean an FBoy can’t reform himself to be a better man for the right woman? The jury’s still out, but we’ll unpack as much as we can about what the season finale taught us and what we’re hoping for next.

Fletcher: So, first of all: What do we think of the ladies’ choices?

Laura: I love that Tamaris took the money. Screw these guys, get paid! I could NOT believe Mia chose Peter though…

Danny seemed genuinely upset and blindsided. Do we think Mia made some real promises and flaked, or was this an overreaction to the shock of the moment? I wonder what those alleged pinky promises were!

Allegra: Based on everything the guys had to say about Danny during the mansplain—they really tore him a new one!—I think it was him blowing the situation out of proportion.

Fletcher: I felt like I never saw Danny and Mia's real connection, but there clearly was one there. There was a lot more focus on Peter and her scrambling after only selecting FBoys.

Allegra: Yeah, that did feel abrupt.

Fletcher: I just never felt super connected with Danny. I wasn't rooting for him or against him.

Allegra: I liked him at first, but the things he allegedly said were bad, even if Mia doesn't believe they're true. And that was hard to shake.

Fletcher: I think she made promises to both guys to try and convince them to split the money with her. That’s my bet.

Laura: You are both very wise.

Allegra: I will say: It was very telling that on the final super-dates, both of Mia’s guys asked if she was going to kill them.

But the way you feel about Mia is how I feel about Louise. Mercedes??? Really????? Benedict was ROBBED!

Fletcher: I'm going to be honest with you—before I read Laura's interview with Tamaris, I felt that Casey was robbed, too. But after that interview I was 100000% on Tamaris' side.


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Fletcher: I'm sorry to Mia, but I was betting on Peter taking the money. Same with Mercedes. They didn't make themselves out to be villains, but I don't really like them, either.

Laura: Same, re: Peter. I had thought Mercedes might be playing the long game for a reformed FBoy arc; it makes sense that some of these boys thought bigger.

Allegra: F Boys—and F Girls!—won the season, and I don’t know how I feel about that!

Fletcher: So, with this season's ending—do nice guys always finish last?

Laura: Evidently they do on this island! But never in my heart.

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