Russia Targets Kyiv With Drones In Morning Attacks: Ukraine War News

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Five Russian citizens and two US nationals were charged by federal prosecutors on Tuesday with conspiring to illegally obtain and ship millions of dollars of US-made military technology to Russia before and after its invasion of Ukraine this year .

The case, described in an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn, accuses the seven defendants of acting on behalf of two Moscow companies, Serniya Engineering and Sertal LLC, which prosecutors say operate under the direction of the intelligence services. intelligence of Russia

Beginning in at least 2017, the indictment says, the defendants used a global network of shell companies and bank accounts to acquire and ship to Russia advanced electronics and equipment that can be used for “quantum computing, development of hypersonic and nuclear weapons and other military and military services.” space-based military applications”.

Among those items, according to the indictment, was a “chip set” of 45 advanced semiconductors; a $45,000 “low noise cesium frequency synthesizer”; high quality spectrum analyzers used in electronic testing; and expensive oscilloscopes and signal generators. Many are so-called dual-use devices that can be used for military or civilian purposes.

The illicit activities continued after the United States imposed sanctions on Serniya, Sertal and one of the defendants, Yevgeniy Grinin, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, according to the Justice Department.

In announcing the sanctions, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said the targets were “instrumental to the war machine of the Russian Federation.” Breon Peace, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, echoed that language in announcing the charges Tuesday.

“Our office will not rest in its vigorous pursuit of individuals illegally acquiring American technology for use in furthering Russia’s brutal war on democracy.” said peace.

In addition to Mr. Grinin, a 47-year-old Moscow resident, the Justice Department identified the defendants as Alexey Ippolitov, 57, of Moscow; Boris Livshits, 52, a former Brooklyn resident who now lives in St. Louis. Petersburg, Russia; Svetlana Skvortsova, 41, from Moscow; Vadim Konoshchenok, 48, of Tallinn, Estonia; Alexey Brayman, 35, of Merrimack, NH; and Vadim Yermolenko, 41, of Upper Saddle River, NJ

The defendants face multiple counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering, and could each be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges. Four of them remain at large.

Mr. Yermolenko, an American citizen, and Mr. Brayman, a permanent resident of the United States identified in court documents as an Israeli citizen, was arraigned Tuesday.

Mr. Brayman was released on $150,000 bond and subject to conditions that included surrendering his passports and wearing an electronic monitoring device. “Like all the accused, Mr. Brayman is entitled to the presumption of innocence,” said his attorney, David Lazarus.

Mr. Yermolenko was released after posting a $500,000 bond partially secured by his home. Nora Hirozawa, lawyer for Mr. Yermolenko in his appearance, refused to comment.

Mr. Konoschenok, who US authorities believe is an officer of Russia’s national intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service, was detained in Estonia last week and is awaiting extradition proceedings. extradition, according to prosecutors. Estonian authorities found 375 pounds of US-made ammunition in a search of a warehouse he has used, the Justice Department said.

Glenn Thrush provide reports

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