On 31st August, Yahoo News carried an article about Russia’s appetite for Western cutting-edge technologies with military applications.  It says that the US DoJ has prosecuted at least 5 cases involving the illegal export of night-vision equipment to Russia in the past 5 years, and all 5 cases involved the latest generation of night-vision devices that Russia in recent years has had trouble producing domestically.  The article says that old-fashioned theft of military technology — once a staple of the Cold War — is still alive and thriving.  The article concentrates on the case of one business which the DoJ alleges that at least from 2012 — and likely for many years before that — purchased and exported US night-vision technology from various US-based suppliers, sending nearly 1,000 export-controlled night-vision parts to Russia.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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