From Helicopter Gunships to Money Laundering Schemes: A Global Look at Conflicts and Export Controls

Russian-Canadian pleads guilty to exporting technology to Russia

In a handout photo released by the Russian Defence Ministry Press Service on October 28, 2022, a Ka-52 helicopter gunship of the Russian air force is shown firing rockets at an unknown target in Ukraine. The image credit is given to the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service and The Associated Press.

On Monday, Canadian woman Kristina Puzyreva pleaded guilty for her role in a multimillion-dollar scheme to send electronics to Russia for military use in the war against Ukraine. Puzyreva, who has resided in Montreal, admitted to money laundering conspiracy for her part in helping to send pieces used in unnamed aerial vehicles (UAVs) and guided missile systems in violation of export and sanctions laws.

This case highlights the international nature of conflicts and the need for strong export control laws and sanctions to prevent the transfer of technology and materials that could be used in military operations. Further information about this case is expected to be released in the future.

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