05 Sep 2023 -
 Defence

U.S. charges man for smuggling military-grade microelectronics to Russia – REUTERS

Ukraine Conflict

A Russian-German man has been charged with smuggling large quantities of microelectronics technology with military applications to Russia for use in that country’s war in Ukraine, reports Reuters.

Arthur Petrov was arrested on Aug. 26 in Cyprus at the U.S. government’s request, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Damian Williams in Manhattan.

Reuters reports that Petrov and two unnamed Russian co-conspirators were accused of using shell companies to conceal the fraudulent procurement from U.S. distributors of microelectronics subject to American export controls. More than $225,000 of components were shipped during the scheme, which ran from February 2022 until August 2023.

Prosecutors said the technology was destined for Electrocom, a St. Petersburg, Russia-based supplier of electronic components to companies that provide weapons and other equipment to the Russian military.

“Efforts to illicitly supply Russia with U.S.-sourced military technology represent an affront to national security,” Williams said in his statement.

Reuters says that Petrov faces 11 criminal counts including violating U.S. export control laws, smuggling, conspiring to commit wire fraud and launder money, and other conspiracy charges.

Each count carries a maximum prison term of five to 20 years.

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