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Russian Agent, 10 Others Indicted for Exports to Russian Military

Russian Agent and 10 Others Indicted for Exports to Russian Military

An indictment unsealed in New York yesterday charges 11 members of a Russian military procurement network with illegally exporting high-tech microelectronics from the United States to Russian military and intelligence agencies.

Alexander Fishenko, an owner and executive of companies that operate in the U.S. and Russia is also charged with operating as an unregistered agent of the Russian government inside the U.S. by illegally procuring the high-tech microelectronics on behalf of the Russian government.

According to the court documents, the defendants went to great lengths to conceal their procurement activities for the Russian military. The microelectronics included analog-to-digital converters, static random access memory chips, microcontrollers, and microprocessors. These commodities have applications and are frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including radar and surveillance systems, missile guidance systems, and detonation triggers.

“In this day and time, the ability of foreign countries to illegally acquire sensitive and sophisticated U.S. technology poses a significant threat to both the economic and national security of our nation,” said Houston FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris. “While some countries may leverage our technology for financial gain, many countries hostile to the United States seek to improve their defense capabilities and to modernize their weapons systems at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. The FBI will continue to work aggressively with our partners in the U.S. Intelligence Community to protect this technology and hold accountable those companies that willfully choose to violate our U.S. export laws.”

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Oct 04, 2012 07:00 AM