Alleged Russian intelligence officer extradited to US

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
1 min read

An alleged Russian intelligence officer accused by the United States of smuggling US-origin electronics and ammunition to Russia to help its war against Ukraine was extradited from Estonia, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

Vadim Konoschenok is expected to make an initial appearance in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday. Prosecutors are requesting he be detained pending trial, calling him a flight risk.

For all the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

Konoschenok, 48, was detained by Estonian authorities in October 2022 while trying to cross into Russia carrying 35 types of semiconductors and electronic components, some of which were subject to US export controls, prosecutors said.

He told co-conspirators in electronic communications that he charged a 10 percent fee for dealing in controlled items. “Can’t do less. Sanctions,” he wrote, according to prosecutors.

Reuters could not immediately identify a US lawyer for Konoschenok.

He was initially charged last September, as US authorities sought to ramp up enforcement of export controls and sanctions designed to hamper Moscow’s war effort.

Read more:

Wagner fighters neared Russian nuclear base during revolt: Report

Russian General Surovikin believed to be detained after Wagner mutiny: Report

Ukraine admits troops advancing ‘not so quickly’

Top Content Trending