Russian in Germany charged with illegally exporting military tech

Fake recipients, forged papers and nuclear missiles — the case sounds like a spy thriller. But the accused allegedly violated real EU sanctions by exporting sensitive military material to Russia. His trial starts Friday.

Room 237 of Hamburg’s Hanseatic Higher Regional Court is no ordinary courtroom. Here, particularly dangerous individuals, like radical Islamists, are put on trial — naturally with special security measures in place. This Friday, 68-year-old Vladimir D. goes on trial here. The public prosecutor general accuses the Russian man, who lives in southern Germany, of having violated Germany’s foreign trade law in eight instances. […]

Air and space technology

Initially, Vladimir D. was accused of having sold technical equipment worth €1.7 million ($1.9 million) to “military agents” in Russia between 2014 and 2018 in two instances. According to the public prosecutor, such equipment is “particularly suited for use in military missile technology” as it is often used specifically “in aviation and aerospace technology.” […]

Defendant reportedly mailed toxic substances

Over the course of the investigation, further illegal exports came to light. When Vladimir D. was charged on August 13, he was accused of having illegally exported production equipment and materials worth €1.83 million euro between September 2014 and June 2018. […]

Full (English) article at Deutsche Welle

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