(NationRise.com) – According to a Fox News report, an alleged Russian spy pleaded not guilty to several charges against him in a Brooklyn, New York, federal court. These included money laundering, violating sanctions, and smuggling American electronics and military equipment to Russia to support its invasion of Ukraine.
The 48-year-old intelligence officer, Vadim Konoshchenok, was extradited to the United States from Estonia on July 12. US authorities claim he has deep ties with the Kremlin’s Federal Security Service (FSB), which is known as the agency that replaced the KGB after the Cold War.
Konoshchenok was detained in Estonia by local authorities on a federal warrant issued by the US Department of Justice. Estonian police stopped the alleged Russian spy in October 2022 while he was traveling with thousands of American 6.5mm bullets and 35 different semiconductors. They detained him again in November 2022 as he tried to get into Russia with 20 cases of American-made bullets, including tactical rounds.
Reports revealed that, after his arrest, the Estonian police discovered a warehouse Konoshchenok was using in the country. Authorities searched it and found nearly 400 pounds of American-made ammunition he was trying to send to Russia.
The US Justice Department also noted that the alleged Russian spy was stopped on different occasions by Estonian border security as he was trying to smuggle the munition. These included 7mm, 6.5mm, and .308 magnum rounds, all of which are usually used in sniper rifles.
The agency also said that American authorities detained other Russian operatives working with Konoshchenok. Among them were Boris Livshits, Aleksey Ippolitov, Svetlana Skvortsova, and Yevgeny Grini. They were allegedly linked to two Russian companies named Sertal LLC and Serniya Engineering. The Department of Justice said these companies have been operating under the direction of Russia’s intelligence agencies.
The US government sanctioned these companies after the invasion of Ukraine, alleging that these were testing military equipment for Russia’s military-industrial complex.
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