Russian Agent Pleads Guilty to Funneling Tech to Russian Military

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By Johnny Dwyer and Matthew DeLuca

A 49-year-old man with dual Russian and U.S. citizenship who investigators say helped funnel sensitive technology to the Russian government pleaded guilty to the charges against him in a Brooklyn, New York federal court on Wednesday.

Alexander Fishenko, who founded Houston-based Arc Electronics in 1998, faced charges including conspiring to export microelectronics to Russia, money laundering, obstruction of justice and acting as an agent of the Russian government. Four other individuals who allegedly worked with Fishenko have already pled guilty, while three more are set to stand trial beginning later in September.

Fishenko's attorney declined to comment.

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Fishenko’s company exported about $50 million worth of technology to Russia since 2002, prosecutors said in a release. The company claimed on its website that it made traffic lights -- but investigators allege that, instead, Fishenko and others were shipping the technology to entities of the Russian government, including the FSB and the military.

“Fishenko lined his pockets at the expense of our national security,” said Kelly T. Currie, acting U.S. attorney for New York’s Eastern District, in a statement. “This prosecution highlights the importance of vigorously enforcing United States export control laws.”