10 Nov 2023 -
 Defence

Russians arrested in New York for sending military equipment to Russia

US Justice

Russians with ties to the Russian military illegally exported more than $7 million worth of semiconductors, integrated circuits, and other electronics, reports the US Justice Department.

According to court documents, Nikolay Goltsev (37, Montreal, Canada), Salimjon Nasriddinov (52, Brooklyn), and Kristina Puzyreva (32, Montreal, Canada) are accused of evading sanctions and export control regulations. They illegally exported millions of dollars worth of semiconductors, integrated circuits, and other dual-use electronic components to Russia through two Brooklyn-based shell companies.

The accused used two legal entities registered in Brooklyn – SH Brothers Inc. and SN Electronics Inc. – to facilitate a criminal scheme and the illegal search, acquisition, and shipment of millions of dollars worth of dual-use electronics to Russia. Many of the electronic components and integrated circuits they supplied through SH Brothers were, according to the Commerce Department, “of greatest concern due to their critical role in the production of advanced Russian precision-guided weapons systems.”

“Protecting American technology and protecting innovation from foreign adversaries is of paramount importance to U.S. national security,” said FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate. “The conduct alleged in the charging documents represents a complete disregard for the safety of our country and our laws.”

“In the last two days alone, the Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners have arrested and charged numerous individuals accused of participating in complex schemes to illegally acquire, conceal and ship U.S. electronic components to the Russian defense industry,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Gen. Matthew J. Olsen of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.”

During the period covered by the lawsuit, SH Brothers made hundreds of shipments to Russia, valued at more than $7 million.

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