In a Brooklyn federal court, a Canadian woman of Russian descent from Montreal pleaded guilty to money-laundering conspiracy for her role in a scheme that involved sending electronics to Russia for military use against Ukraine. Kristina Puzyreva, 32, admitted to her part in the scheme by helping send pieces used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and guided missile systems in violation of export and sanctions laws.
Nikolay Goltsev, 37, and Salimdzhon Nasriddinov, 52, were also charged with smuggling, conspiracy to violate sanctions, and wire fraud conspiracy. According to Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Puzyreva played a key role in the plan by laundering proceeds from the scheme to evade sanctions and shipping UAV and missile components to Russia that were later found on the battlefield in Ukraine.
The scheme was part of a multimillion-dollar operation that raised serious concerns about its impact on national security. More details about this case are expected to be released soon.