US citizen imprisoned for Russia export violations

Alexander Brazhnikov Jr, a US citizen, has been sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment in the USA for his role in an international procurement network that obtained and smuggled more than $65million of electronics from the USA to Russia, in breach of export controls.  He is said to have concealed the identity of the end-user and value of the goods in order to avoid having to fill out export control forms, and used shell addresses in Russia, including vacant storefronts and apartments, to obscure their destination.  Payments for the goods were made to Mr Brazhnikov from a Russian account through shell corporations in several countries including the British Virgin Islands, Panama, and the UK. The Department of Justice’s press release is here.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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