US "secret military-tech case" hearings rescheduled for November
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NEW-YORK, October 17 - RAPSI. The trial of four Russians arrested in the "secret military-tech case" concerning Arc Electronics' supply of illegal hi-tech equipment to Russia has been rescheduled for November 9 because the defendants have yet to be transferred from Houston to New York, where the hearing is to take place.
Federal prosecutors in New York reported earlier that 11 members of an alleged secret Russian military procurement network have been charged with illegally shipping sophisticated microelectronics to Russia's military and intelligence agencies.
The FBI arrested the alleged ringleader, 46-year-old Alexander Fishenko, and seven others on October 3-4. They also executed search warrants at seven residences and business locations and seized assets from five bank accounts. The Department of Justice has stated that it believes three other suspects remain at-large and have already returned to Russia.
The charges read that Fishenko has run an elaborate scheme since 2008 which tricked customs agents into believing that his company - the Houston-based Arc Electronics, Inc. - manufactured and shipped routine products to Russia. Instead, the suspects provided Russia with "controlled, sensitive technologies" which can be used for radar and surveillance systems, weapons guidance systems, and detonation triggers.
Four of the eight individuals under arrest, including Fishenko, Alexander Posobilov, Victoria Klebanova and Anastasia Dyatlova hold both US and Russian passports. The Russian Foreign Ministry has recognized them as Russian citizens and has promised to support them. Ukraine-born U.S. citizen Svetalina Zagon and Azerbajan immigrant Lyudmila Bagdikyan have been released on their own recognizance.
According to Daniel Silver, a US Assistant Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the proceedings may last for about a month.