America: two citizens arrested for sending controlled technology to Russia

(CNN) — The US Department of Justice announced Thursday that two US citizens were arrested in Kansas City on charges of illegally sending aviation technology to Russia.

According to a statement by the ministry, “Cyril Gregory Boyanovsky, 59, and Douglas Robertson, 55, are facing several charges, including exporting controlled goods without a license, falsifying information on the export process, and smuggling goods in violation of the law.”

The statement added: “The arrest of Boyanovsky and Robertson is the latest step by a Department of Justice task force made up of prosecutors, investigators and analysts who have worked over the past year to wage a global campaign against money laundering and sanctions evasion in support of the Russian government, and their work has resulted in more than 30 regulations being directed.” An accusation against the sanctioned supporters of the Kremlin and the Russian military.”

According to prosecutors, the two men ran a US-based company that sold and installed Western electronic equipment for aircraft, sold equipment to Russian companies and provided repair services for Russian aircraft.

Prosecutors said Boyanovsky and Robertson “disguised the identity of their clients, lied about the cost of products, and paid money through foreign bank accounts in order to circumvent US sanctions.”

After the start of the Russian war in Ukraine, the US government imposed additional sanctions on shipments to Russia, and the two men looked for ways to continue sending shipments with at least one of their clients in Russia, including by sending shipments through third-party countries.

In February 2022, the Commerce Department detained one of the shipments because it did not have a proper licence. Soon after, Robertson told a client in Russia that “things are complicated in the US, and the bills have to be less than $50,000 because, otherwise, it would be There is more procedure and matter.”

Prosecutors say a shipment was later sent through Laos.

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