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Russians Arrested for Smuggling US Military Tech, PDVSA Oil

  • US says defendants used shell companies to evade sanctions
  • Scheme also involved smuggling Venezuelan oil to Russia, China
Russian soldiers hold the Russian national flag. 

Russian soldiers hold the Russian national flag. 

Photographer: Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/Bloomberg 

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Two Russian nationals were arrested and several other individuals charged with evading sanctions to smuggle US military technology, some of which was used in Ukraine, and Venezuelan oil.

Yury Orekhov, co-owner and chief executive officer of Hamburg-based Nord-Deutsche Industrieanlagenbau (NDA) GmbH, and Artem Uss, the other co-owner of NDA, were among five Russian nationals and two Venezuelan oil traders charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. The two were arrested in Germany and Italy on Monday.