U.S. Charges 11 Over Alleged High-Tech Electronics Export Scheme

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U.S. prosecutors have announced criminal charges against 11 people accused of involvement in a group that allegedly illegally exported high technology electronics from the United States to Russian military and intelligence agencies.

Federal prosecutors in New York City said the microelectronics allegedly exported to Russia were subject to "strict" U.S. government controls due to their potential use in military radar and surveillance systems, weapons guidance systems, and detonation triggers.

The indictment unsealed on October 3 said the alleged scheme operated between 2008 and the present.

It said the suspects include a Kazakh-born man who holds both Russian and U.S. passports, Alexander Fishenko, and described him as an unregistered Russian government agent.

The Associated Press reports that eight of the 11 suspects, including Fishenko, have been arrested so far.

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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