US Department of Justice suspects the detainee and several others of evading anti-Russia sanctions
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Two Russian nationals who are alleged to have helped Moscow evade American sanctions to obtain military and dual-use technologies, have been detained in the EU at the behest of the US. Alexander Uss, the governor of Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region and the father of one of the suspects, has described the case launched by the American authorities against the two as “clearly” politically motivated.
On Wednesday, the US Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York issued a statement, according to which it had brought charges against five Russian nationals, two of whom, Yury Orekhov and Artem Uss, had been arrested in Germany and Italy respectively.
The US authorities claim the group had crafted a scheme, whereby its members purchased “advanced semiconductors and microprocessors used in fighter aircraft, missile systems, smart munitions, radar, satellites” and sold them on to sanctioned Russian entities via a German-based shell company named Nord-Deutsche Industrieanlagenbau GmbH (NDA GmbH). These goods allegedly ended up in the hands of the Russian defense industry, and were supposedly later found in captured Russian hardware in Ukraine.
Moreover, the Russian nationals in question, acting in cahoots with several Venezuelan citizens, presumably used NDA GmbH “as a front to smuggle hundreds of millions of barrels of oil from Venezuela to Russian and Chinese purchasers, including a Russian aluminum company controlled by a sanctioned oligarch.”