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Two Russian citizens can be jailed in the US for 20 years for trying to buy turbine, the Vectra 40G

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Employee of the Russian company KS Engineering Oleg Nikitin were arrested in the US on charges of attempting to circumvent sanctions on the supply of power equipment.

Two Russian citizens can be jailed in the US for 20 years for trying to buy turbine, the Vectra 40G

a Court in the U.S. state of Georgia arrested five people on charges of fraud and money laundering. The charges brought against two Russian citizens, two Italians and an American, reports the press service of the Ministry of justice.

this, in particular, the head of the company KS Engineering (KSE), Oleg Nikitin, employee of the company Anton Cheremukhin.

"This prosecution demonstrates the high priority that the Ministry of justice gives restrictions on U.S. exports to Russian oil and gas industry," said assistant attorney General for national security John C. Demers.

As noted in the Department, they were suspected of conspiracy to circumvent international law on emergency economic powers (IEEPA) and the Law on export control reform from 2018 (ECRA).

According to the prosecution, belongs to Nikitin was in Russia the company KS Engineering, he is suspected of conspiracy to commit money laundering, financial fraud and attempting to circumvent trade restrictions.

According to the indictment, an unnamed Russian government-controlled business have contracted with Nikitin and KSE for the purchase of the power turbine, the Vectra 40G from the American manufacturer approximately 17.3 million dollars.

"This bold scheme to undermine the United States sanctions was a direct threat to national security," said Chris Hacker, Commissioner of the FBI in Atlanta.

Us investigators have established the intention of the Russian companies to use Vectra on the Russian Arctic deep-water (over 500 feet) drilling platform.

"For reasons of national security, the Department of Commerce expressly forbade any unlicensed delivery or transfer Vectra Russian company for this purpose", - is spoken in the message of the Ministry of justice.

In the indictment it is alleged that Nikitin, cheryomukhin and KSE hired Villone, Caparini and GVA to obtain the Vectra on their behalf. Then Villon, Caprine and GVA have used the services of Bagru and WMO for the purchase of Vectra from the American manufacturer and send a Vectra abroad. The parties agreed to conceal the true end-user as Vectra from the American manufacturer and the U.S. government by submitting false documentation, which stated that the Vectra will be used by the American company in Atlanta and around it.

Nikitin, cheryomukhin, the Villon and Caparini can be sentenced to deprivation of liberty for a term up to 20 years and fined 1 million dollars on charges of violating the sanctions regime and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years and a fine in the amount of 250 000 US dollars for conspiring to defraud the U.S. authorities.

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