Naturalized Citizen Sells Military Tech to Russia

Alexander Fisanko and his group of conspirators were indicted in September of 2012. While not all of them chose to please guilty, the charges against them are fairly serious.

The indictment charges, “On or about and between October 1, 2008 and September 28, 2012, the defendants, together with others, devised and executed a scheme to obtain controlled microelectronics from United States-based manufacturers and distributors and export those commodities to Russian end users, including the Russian military and intelligence services, without obtaining required export licenses.”

Some of these items in the 32-page indictment include, “analog-to digital converters, amplifiers, digital signal processors, microcontrollers, static random access memory chips and field programmable gate arrays.” The indictment charged that these devices could not be produced in Russia. “These microelectronics had applications in a wide range of military systems, including radar and surveillance systems, weapons targeting systems and detonation triggers,” the indictment reads.

The sentencing date hasn't yet been set, but you can guarantee that it won't be a light one. With over $50 million worth of microelectronics shipped to Russia in a span of 10 years, they're facing some hard time.


Fishenko Indictment




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