A Montreal-based Canadian Russian woman, Kristina Puzyreva, 32, has pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York to money-laundering conspiracy for her role in a scheme to send electronics to Russia for military use against Ukraine. Puzyreva admitted to helping smuggle pieces used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and guided missile systems in violation of export and sanctions laws.
Her husband, Nikolay Goltsev, 37, who used to live in Canada, had been buying American electronic components for the Russian military for years. Salimdzhon Nasriddinov, 52, was also charged with smuggling, conspiracy to violate sanctions, and wire fraud conspiracy.
Puzyreva played a key role in the plan and laundered proceeds from the scheme to evade sanctions before shipping UAV and missile components to Russia that were later found on the battlefield in Ukraine. This was part of a multimillion-dollar scheme that raised serious concerns about international trade laws and national security issues. More details will be revealed at trial.