US citizen arrested for alleged smuggling of electronics to Russia - report
MOSCOW, March 20 (RAPSI) – A man from San Rafael, California, who allegedly organized an electronic equipment smuggling scheme to Russia was arrested on Thursday, Marin Independent Journal reported.
Pavel Flider, proprietor of electronic equipment company, Trident International Corp. of San Francisco and Richmond, is a naturalized United States citizen of Russian descent. Federal authorities of the US accuse businessman of smuggling computer chips with civilian and military application to Russia by submitting false or misleading shipping documentation, Marin Independent Journal reported.
According to American authorities, Flider was buying electronic components in the United States and transported them to Russia through Estonia and Finland while receiving needed funds from banks located in Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Czech Republic and Hong Kong. Sum of transferred money exceeds $60 million, Marin Independent Journal reported.
Flider and his company were indicted this month on 25 counts of smuggling and money laundering by a federal grand jury. Businessman remains in custody waiting for a detention hearing on Monday.