In November, an indictment was filed against a Canadian-Russian woman, Kristina Puzyreva, for her role in a multimillion-dollar scheme to send electronics to Russia for military use in the war against Ukraine. According to American prosecutors, Puzyreva pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., for money-laundering conspiracy. She was involved in helping to send pieces used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and guided missile systems in violation of export and sanctions laws.
Puzyreva’s husband, Nikolay Goltsev, and another individual, Salimdzhon Nasriddinov, were also charged with smuggling, conspiracy to violate sanctions and wire fraud conspiracy. Prosecutors said that Goltsev had been buying American electronic components for the Russian military for years while living in Canada. It was also stated that Puzyreva was involved with an electronics company based in Montreal, Simatech Group Inc., which bought what is known as dual-use technology.
According to the indictment filed last fall, Puzyreva received over 150 packages at her Canadian address from American companies over roughly five years. The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Breon Peace, indicated that Puzyreva played a key role in laundering proceeds from the scheme in order to evade sanctions and ship UAV and missile components to Russia that were later found on the battlefield in Ukraine. U.S authorities stated that the scheme involved more than 300 illegal shipments valued at about $10 million and that some of the electronics were later recovered from Russian equipment that had been seized in Ukraine. The cases against Goltsev and Nasriddinov are still ongoing.