The Russian Consulate General in New York City has been informed and is aware that charges have been filed against a group of individuals and entities for the illegal export of microelectronic devices from the U.S. to the Russian military and intelligence services.
Vice Consul of the Russian Federation Yegor Ivanov told Interfax that “to comment on this is premature.”
A report by the FBI lists 11 people and two companies that are being charged in the case.
Alexander Fishenko is the prime suspect in the case. Fishenko is a U.S. citizen, who, according to the American justice system engaged in illegal exports through his company “Ark Electronics.”
The news of the exposure of the next “network of Russian agents,” coincided with the presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
US catches Russian hi-tech spy?
US police have arrested Russian-born Alexander Fishenko and 11 others for allegedly using his Texas-based company to send sensitive American technology to the Russian military and intelligence agencies, the Department of Justice reported today.
The officials claim that Alexander was a Russian agent and invented complex schemes to circumvent US customs to make it believe that his company was shipping harmless goods to Russia, rather than advanced microelectronics that could be used in radar and surveillance systems, weapons guidance systems or detonation triggers
Documents provided by the Department of Justice allege that Fishenko was the link between the Houston-based Arc Electronics, Inc., which he founded in 1998, and Apex Systems, L.L.C. based in Moscow.
The Justice Department’s news release says that “ defendants Fishenko, Posobilov and Arc salesperson Viktoria Klebanova allegedly directed Apex executives Sergey Klinov and Dmitriy Shegurov, as well as other Apex employees, to alter Apex’s website and forge documents regarding certain transactions to hide Apex’s connections to the Russian military. In connection with the cover-up, Apex removed images of Russian military aircraft and missiles and other links to the Russian Ministry of Defense from its website”.
The arrested have been charged with falsifying documents and fooling the US Department of Commerce.
“As alleged in the indictment, the defendants spun an elaborate web of lies to evade the laws that protect our national security,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said.
Representatives for the Russian government in the US haven’t so far commented on the situation.
The arrested may face up to 25 years in prison. They will see court in Houston soon.