Russian Vadim Konoshchenko, accused of purchasing military technology for Russia in circumvention of sanctions, was extradited from Estonia to the United States. This is reported by the US Department of Justice.
The department believes that Konoschenok is an employee of the FSB. The man was detained in Estonia in December 2022 and arrested on the basis of a warrant issued in the Eastern District of New York.
According to investigators, while in Estonia, Konoschenok sent electronics and ammunition of American origin, subject to export control, to Russia. In emails, Konashchenko referred to himself as an “FSB colonel” and published photographs in the uniform of the department. Also, references to “FSB orders” were found in his calendar, and the numbers of Russian security officials were found in his contact list.
In the US, Konoschenok will appear in federal court in Brooklyn. He faces up to 30 years in prison.