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A resident from the Kiev region holds the remains of a Russian drone after an attack, December 19, 2022.

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Prosecutors in the United States say a Montreal woman has pleaded guilty to participating in a plan to illegally export electronic components worth millions of dollars to Russia, for military purposes.

Kristina Puzyreva, a Canadian of Russian origin, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of ;#x27;charge of money laundering conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.

As she admitted today, the defendant was a key part of the scheme, laundering the proceeds of the scheme to evade sanctions and ship [an unmanned aerial vehicle] and missile components to Russia that were later found on the battlefield in Ukraine, prosecutor Breon Peace said in a statement.

US authorities say Puzyreva and two alleged accomplices purchased electronic components that have civilian and military uses and that cannot be legally exported to Russia.

US authorities alleged that Puzyreva – along with her husband, Nikolai Goltsev, and Salimdzhon Nasriddinov, a Russian and Tajik citizen living in New York – purchased electronic components of American origin subject to export controls to Russia because they can also be used for military purposes.

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US prosecutors say the scheme used a series of shell companies to ship the components via third countries in order to evade sanctions imposed by the United States after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Kristina Puzyreva and her co-defendants allegedly purchased millions of dollars worth of American-made electronic devices and shipped them to support the Kremlin in its ongoing attacks on Ukraine, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Erin Keegan said in a statement.

His money laundering conspiracy was directly linked to 298 shipments of restricted technology, worth $7 million , to the Russian battlefield.

A quote from Erin Keegan, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations

US officials say some electronic components were discovered in drones, missiles and signals intelligence equipment found on the battlefield in Ukraine.

At a hearing last October, Assistant District Attorney Artie McConnell told the court that Goltsev had received orders for electronic components Russian military end-users, and then purchased these components from American companies, often using a pseudonym.

Nasriddinov allegedly received deliveries of components, which he then repackaged for export.

Goltsev and Nasriddinov have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116