Illegal chip business ended
California state prosecutor’s office has charged two men for smuggling high-tech electronics with military potential from USA to Russia through Estonia.
According to the charges, Valeri Kosmatšov and Sergei Vetrov, both 66 years of age, exported microdetails from the US to Estonia, trying to make it look like it was the components’ final destination. In truth, the devices were ten taken to Russia.
Valeri Kosmatšov has Estonian citizenship by naturalization. He used to own a company called Eastline Technologies OÜ and 50 percent of Adimir OÜ. The latter Kosmatšov owned together with Vetrov. Those were the two companies used to smuggle microchips acquired in USA.