- The Washington Times - Friday, October 7, 2016

Federal agents arrested two Russian nationals and a Brooklyn man with dual citizenship Thursday who are accused of smuggling high-tech electronics overseas in violation of U.S. export law.

Dmitrii Karpenko, Alexey Krutilin and Alexey Barysheff were taken into custody on charges related to what investigators described as an illegal scheme that put national security at risk. They each face up to 25 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted.

Mr. Barysheff, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Russia, masterminded the scheme by using two Brooklyn-based front companies to buy digital-to-analog converters, integrated circuits and other microelectronics that were then shipped to his home country without a license, the Justice Department said.

Authorities arrested Mr. Barysheff early Thursday in Brooklyn on federal charges of illegally exporting controlled technology, the Justice Department said in a statement.

At the same time, authorities nearly 2,000 miles away in Denver arrested his alleged co-conspirators, Mr. Krutilin and Mr. Barysheff, after the two traveled from Moscow earlier this week to meet with undercover agents posing as potential suppliers.

Together, the three men participated in a conspiracy that involved the illegal export of products that the Department of Commerce has restricted for anti-terrorism and national security reasons, the Justice Department said.

Investigators believe Mr. Barysheff and his colleagues used two businesses registered in New York state to order electronics that can’t legally be shipped abroad without the Commerce Department’s permission. The suspects allegedly lied about how the products were intended to be used and by whom, and sent suppliers fraudulent documents that said the items were destined for domestic use only, according to prosecutors.

During the course of investigating the companies, detectives determined that Mr. Barysheff was secretly shipping the controlled electronics to an intermediary in Finland who then sent them to Russia. Among the items illegally exported were products which are “frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including radar and surveillance systems, missile guidance systems and satellites,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

“Had law enforcement not interceded, the alleged perpetrators would have exported materials that are known to be used in a wide range of military devices,” said Angel Melendez, the special agent in charge for the Homeland Security Investigations’s New York office.

“Export controls were established to prevent certain individuals, organizations, or nations from obtaining protected technology and information. When the laws are evaded, we become vulnerable to the many threats posed by our adversaries,” added FBI Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney, Jr.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry responded to the arrests by demanding access to the two men apprehended in Denver this week.

“We will be pressing for the observance of the rights of our citizens, including procedural ones,” the ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov, told Russian media. “Naturally, we will be demanding consular access to them.”

Failing to respond to Russia’s request in three days’ time would amount to a violation of the Consular Convention’s bilateral agreement on legal assistance, the official added.

“Unfortunately, they are used to violating bilateral agreements and the rules of international law when Russian citizens are concerned,” Mr. Dolgov said. “We have told the Americans many times that this practice significantly complicates bilateral relations, that are already strained.”

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