A federal indictment has named a New Hampshire man for allegedly sending equipment to Russia for nuclear testing.
Alexey Brayman and six others were accused of purchasing “” and then sending it to them.millions of dollars in military and sensitive According to court documents, obtained by CBS News in Boston, dual-use technologies were provided by U.S. vendors and manufacturers” to Russia.
According to the outlet documents, Brayman “repeatedly utilized the New Hampshire Residence for transshipment purposes in order to repackage and export sensitive military-grade items and to forward them to intermediary locations in Europe and Asia. From there, they were sent to Russia.”
Brayman was arrested He was released on a $150,000 bond and went to Concord, New Hampshire court early Tuesday. The Boston Globe reported. Brayman, who is a citizen of Israel and was reportedly born in Ukraine, had to also give authorities his passport. He must adhere to travel restrictions and a curfew.
Daria Brayman, his wife, and he sold nightlights via Etsy through their Merrimack, New Hampshire home. The Boston Globe. Daria had previously denied knowing about her husband’s alleged activities. She said to reporters, “We do craft fairs and festivals.”
Federal authorities compare the alleged conspiracy and FX’s The AmericansThe film followed two married Russian spies pretending to be Americans in Washington, D.C.
CBS News reported that Ken Howard, the neighbor of the Braymans said that he was shocked by the indictment.
It’s not difficult to lend your support to the neighborhood. He said that you stay in the house, and noted that Alexey was a private couple.
Mike Benoit, a neighbor, said to CBS, “It is crazy.” It’s impossible to know who is in your area and what they are doing behind closed doors. It’s a fairly normal house. It is evident that they have put out their lawn ornaments to decorate.
WMUR-TV Manchester, New Hampshire was also informed by members of the community that the couple lived in the home for several years. saw packages being delivered there. The neighbors said they were not suspicious because the couple also operated their Etsy shop out of the house.
Daria is not listed in the 16-count indictment. It was filed in New York’s Eastern District. The indictment alleges Alexey had “advanced electronic and sophisticated testing equipment used to quantum computing, hypersonic, nuclear weapons development, and other military or space-based military purposes.” The Boston Globe reported.
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Russian executives created fake companies and sent Alexey small amounts of equipment. The indictment stated that he would then send the items on to Germany and Estonia. These are common transshipment points for items eventually destined for Russia.
The item in question could make a significant contribution either to the nuclear proliferation or military potential of other countries or be harmful to the. . . National security of the United States” according to The Boston Globe.
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The offenses charged are serious. “The defendants are charged for participating in a transnational money laundering, fraud and sanctions evasion scheme controlled, by a foreign power, that is actively engaging in armed conflict,” U.S. attorney Breon Peace stated in a court filing Tuesday in New York, CBS News reported.
Yevgeniy Gruinin, Aleksey Pipolitov and Boris Livshits, Svetlana Skvortsova and Vadim Yermolenko were all also indicted. The Boston Globe.
CBS News reports that Alexey will be appearing in court in February.
David Lazarus (an attorney for Brayman) did not respond immediately to PEOPLE’s request.