Russian Citizen Charged with Violating German Trade Embargo on Russia

The federal prosecutor of Germany has charged a Russian citizen for allegedly exported technology and chemicals to Russia that fall under an embargo, local newspaper Wochenblatt reported

Vladimir D., whose full name and age were not given, exported goods worth 1.832 million euros ($2.03 million) to Russia between 2014 and 2018, violating Germany’s foreign trade law, prosecutors in the city of Karlsruhe said on Wednesday.

The statement said the suspect exported two hot isostatic presses, which are used in aeronautical and space technology and can also be used by the military, which is why they fall under the trade ban.

The Russian allegedly forged documents, manipulated the products and used fake recipients in order to go around the export controls. He allegedly also delivered up to 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of decaborane chemicals to a military recipient in Russia until his arrest in December.

Since March 2014, the European Union has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia, followed by individual sanctions by some member states. The measures were adopted in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the “deliberate destabilization of Ukraine,” according to Brussels.