Two Russian nationals have confessed to illegally exporting cutting-edge electronics used in military hardware from the United States.
U.S. authorities accused the men of plotting to obtain military-grade electronics from American manufacturers before sending them to Russia without government permission.
The United States restricts the export
of equipment which could have a “significant contribution to the
military potential of other nations.”
The items targeted by the men, which
included integrated circuits used in surveillance and missile
guidance systems, require a special license to be exported to Russia.
They planned to ship the electronics to Finland in a bid to conceal their true destination before sending them onto Russia, the Justice Department said.
The men now face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.