Seven persons, including a New Hampshire resident of Eastern European descent, have been accused of participating in an international smuggling operation that supplied Russia with military-grade equipment.
The Eastern District of New York unsealed the charges against the ring Tuesday, and they reveal that it has been active since at least 2017, during which time it has illegally purchased and shipped to Russia millions of dollars worth of sensitive military technology from vendors in Brooklyn and elsewhere.
The indictment claims that the high-tech testing, quantum computing, hypersonic, and nuclear weapons equipment was destined for Russian businesses and persons blacklisted by the United States.
To acquire sensitive military and dual-use technologies for the Russian military, the defense sector, and research institutions, the Russian intelligence services directed the activities of the Serniya procurement network, and the seven defendants are accused of aiding these operations.
According to the indictment, Russian native and former Brooklyn resident Boris Livshits was a key U.S. operative for the Serniya Network. He would act as the Serniya Network’s point of contact with U.
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S. enterprises, making purchases of export-controlled goods on behalf of Russian consumers.
Specifically, Livshits would lie to businesses, financial institutions, and government authorities about the nature of the transaction, the intended recipients, and other crucial details.
To hide the involvement of Russian or sanctioned firms, Livshits also used dozens of front corporations and bank accounts in the United States.
Arrests were made of Alexey Brayman in New Hampshire and Vadim Yermolenko in New Jersey. Estonia has arrested Vadim Konoshchenok, who will be extradited to the United States.