ARC Electronics and the Fishenko network is one of the best documented examples of dual-use export busting to the Russian Federation.
Pavel Flider is a Russian émigré and naturalized American citizen who allegedly used his California company Trident International to transship advanced electronics to the Russian Federation. According to court documents, Flider did this using a series of fronts located in Estonia and Finland. The scheme was caught when U.S.
The Barysheff case involved a naturalized U.S. citizen in Brooklyn and two Russian nationals who were arrested in Denver as part of an alleged scheme to illegally ship microelectronics to the Russian Federation.
Tsvetan Kanev was less successful than Brazhnikov and his son, as detailed in Case Study 19. Tsvetan Kanev was indicted for violation of the International emergency Economic Powers Act and unlawful smuggling after he attempted to buy clock drivers and other controlled items and send them to Russia without a license. Mr. Kanev’s scheme fell apart when an attempt by Mr.
Alexander Brazhnikov Sr. was indicted after he allegedly moved an estimated $65 million in electronics from the United States to the Russian Federation from 2008 to 2014. His customers allegedly included the Russian military, internal security services, and VNIIEF, the latter of which is one of Russia’s most important nuclear weapons entities.
“The sanctions they applied on myself, on my companies and on my friends are absolutely unfair, absolutely fake and absolutely wrong” 48-year-old Ilias Sabirov told Reuters after allegedly caught selling radiation hardened chips to Russia without a license. Radiation hardened chips, which require an export license due to their military uses, are one of the more sought-
Cheng Bo, a.k.a. Joe Cheng, a US-based former employee of Avnet Asia Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based company specializing in electronic components and software, allegedly falsified documents in order to ship export-controlled power amplifiers to the PRC, and previously Iran.
Chinese national, Hao Zhang, was convicted of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets for his operations involving American companies Avago and Skyworks. From 2010 to 2015 he coordinated with co-conspirators from Tianjin University in China to take the IP from Avago and Skyworks and recreate the optoelectronics equipment for his own company domestically in China.