The Prosecutor’s Office of the Northern District of California has filed charges against a Russian and an Estonian citizen for illegally supplying electronics from the United States to Russia, stated the US attorney office.
According to the statement published on the website of the US Attorney, the Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against Valery Kosmachev and Sergei Vetrov. Kosmachev was detained on September 12, 2018 in Estonia and extradited to the United States on March 14. According to the data of the Prosecutor’s Office, he is a citizen of Russia and a naturalized citizen of Estonia. Vetrov is a citizen of the Russian Federation and is now at large.
The Prosecutor's Office clarifies that the accusations against these persons were made in September 2017, but they were officially announced only now. Kosmachev, according to US authorities, was the head of the company Adamir OU, as well as one of the founders of Eastline Technologies. Vetrov is the second founder of Eastline Technologies. Both companies are based in Estonia.
The report states that Kosmachev and Vetrov supplied dual-use electronics, including computer chips, which are banned for export to the Russian Federation, from the United States to Estonia. They allegedly organized deliveries of these products from Estonia to Russia using “laundered funds”.
Kosmachev has already been brought before the court in the United States. The next court hearing is scheduled for March 28.
In October 2018, the US Department of Commerce blacklisted Adamir OU and Eastline Technologies for supplying electronics from the United States banned for export to Russia.