US accuses five Russian citizens of evading sanctions and laundering money for the Russian military-industrial complex - news from Ukraine, Politics

US accuses five Russian citizens of evading sanctions and laundering money for the Russian military-industrial complex – news from Ukraine, Politics

The US Department of Justice presented today to five citizens of Russia and two oil traders from Venezuela official accusations in evading global sanctions and money laundering. Two of the accused have already been arrested in Europe.

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The accused allegedly obtained military technology from American companies, smuggled millions of barrels of oil and laundered tens of millions of dollars for Russian oligarchs, sanctioned organizations and “the world’s largest energy conglomerate.”

On October 19, a 12-count indictment was announced in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, according to which five Russian citizens – Yuri Orekhov, Artem Uss, Svetlana Kuzurgasheva (also known as “Lana Neumann”), Timofey Telegin and Sergey Tulyakov – were charged associated with the organization of a global system of smuggling and money laundering.

On October 17, 2022, Orekhov was arrested in Germany, and Uss in Italy. They have been requested to be extradited to the United States.

Charges were also brought against Juan Fernando Serrano Ponsa (also known as “Juanfe Serrano”) and Juan Carlos Soto, who were involved in illegal oil dealings for the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) as part of this scheme.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office told the court that the defendants, in the interests of the oligarchs, organized a complex scheme to illegally obtain American military technology and oil from sanctioned Venezuela. To do this, a long chain of transactions was created involving front companies and using cryptocurrency.

“The efforts of the defendants have undermined security, economic stability and the rule of law throughout the world,” the prosecution said.

The prosecution also stated that it “will continue to prosecute those who contribute to fueling Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine, evade sanctions and support the shadowy system of transnational money laundering.”

Serhiy Berezhny

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Fuente: liga.net

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