Alexander Fishenko, owner of Houston-based Arc Electronics Inc., pleaded not guilty in a Brooklyn, New York, federal court to illegally exporting microelectronics to Russian military and intelligence agencies.
Fishenko, a U.S. citizen formerly of Kazakhstan, appeared today before U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson. He’s accused in a 25-count indictment of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Arms Export Control Act, obstructing justice and operating as an unregistered agent of the Russian government.
Arc shipped at least $50 million worth of technology goods to Russia without an export license, the government alleged. Ten other individuals, most of whom were employees of either Arc or a Moscow-based procurement firm Apex System LLC, were charged in the indictment, which was unsealed on Oct. 3.
The computer chips supplied by Arc appear similar to those used in missiles and fighter jets, the government said in court papers. One of the end users of the electronics was the Federal Security Service, successor to the KGB spy agency, according to the filings.
A lawyer for Fishenko, Richard Rosenberg, who was appointed by the court today, said in a phone interview after the hearing that he wasn’t sure whether his client will seek bail. He declined to comment further.
The case is U.S. v. Fishenko, 1:12-cr-626, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).
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