A New-York based U.S. citizen was arrested alongside two Russian nationals after the three were found trying to sell U.S military technology to Russia.
The U.S. Department of Justice has declared that the three people were taken into custody after they allegedly tried and possibly succeeded in exporting a number of sensitive military technology and equipment.
The three suspects were arrested simultaneously as police picked up Russian nationals Dimitri Karpenko and Alexey Krutlin in Denver and naturalized citizen Alexei Barysheff was arrested in New York for illegally exporting U.S. controlled technology.
The targeted technology, which is mainly used in missile missions, was handled through two New-York based companies. The respective two, which were used as a font, would at first purchase and then export the technology, but would all the while be hiding from the suppliers their exporter status and also the products’ intended destination, as falsified receipt were used in order to hide their final delivery.
The shipped export that reached Russia is thought to have included integrated circuits and digital-to-analog converters that have a varied area of applicability in their military range of usage which would also include, among others, missile-guidance systems and radars. The sought after technology is in fact restricted because of national security reasons and anti-terrorism issues.
The three men’s plan, which was to be heavily based on the front companies, is thought to have worked based on their obtaining of microelectronics and all required technology from U.S. based manufacturers and suppliers. The obtained tech would then be exported and sold in Russia, all the while evading the U.S. government’s controls which target all high-tech exports and demand from any and all exporters a federal-issued special license.
The technology that has managed to reach Russia followed a twisted road, passing first through Finland on its journey for the Federation and it was sent under false guises, as the devices were falsely registered to the Department of Commerce, being classified as a different type of goods.
Two of the defendants, Krutlin and Karpenko, first came to be noticed after they tried to force their way into the Colorado Springs Air Force Base but were turned away. As the third defendant Barisheff is expected for an initial court appearance in Brooklyn this week, the legal status of the three men is as yet unknown, but they face a possible charge of over 20 years in a federal prison and also fines that could amount to about $1 million if there are found guilty of selling U.S. military technology.
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