>»Russia uses to steal secrets, not only of spies – sometimes the dirty work is done by ordinary American businessmen», – writes The Daily Beast.
«Sentencing two women in a Federal court in Brooklyn last week marked the end of a long crime drama, in which they helped their boss Alexander Fishenko to smuggle technology for military use in Russia», – said the journalist Katie Zawadzki. Prosecutors even noticed a «striking coincidence between the fluctuations in the gross income of [his company] and costs of defense of the Russian Federation over the last several years,» according to the court documents.
«Fishenko owned company Arc Electronics, was in Houston, Texas, who falsely claimed to be engaged in the production of traffic lights, while actually exported high-tech products, like microelectronics, according to the indictment. Fesenko also was co-owner of the Moscow company, supplying microelectronics to the Russian army and security services,» the article says.
«Those types of technologies, which Arc passed in Russia, could be used for military radar and tracking systems and missile guidance systems, according to prosecutors. For 10 years, the company has received more than $ 50 million for sending these sensitive technologies directly to the providers of Russian intelligence,» writes the author.
«Inside Russia does not produce many of these high-tech products,» – said the prosecutors after the verdict, Fisenko.
The case of Fesenko began in the period between exposure of the network of the 11 Russian spies «illegals program,» and the arrest of the spy, who worked at Russian Bank in new York, the newspaper notes.
«Fesenko pleaded guilty a few days before trial and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and the return of 500 thousand dollars of illegal income. But in a letter to the judge before sentencing he said that he is a patriot, not a Russian spy,» says Zawadzki, noting that the judge is not touched.
Last week employees of the sales Department of a company, Fesenko received more lenient sentences. After a detailed account of their cooperation with the investigation, health situation and family circumstances, judge sterling Johnson sentenced both to the release under supervision, the article says.