Guilty of Aiding Russia

(Patriot.Buzz) – American adversaries have infiltrated our soil, as Kansas businessman Douglas Edward Robertson has confessed to breaking export control and money laundering laws by sending U.S.-made aviation electronics to Russia.

As reported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Robertson’s actions continued even after the invasion of Ukraine.

The Olathe resident acknowledged his role in a scheme that stretched over several years to dodge U.S. export regulations through deceitful practices such as filing inaccurate export documents with the U.S. government.

Robertson, who was KanRus Trading Company Inc.’s vice president, was arrested in March 2023.

His guilty plea revealed a conspiracy with others to export avionics to Russia by misrepresenting the value, end users and destinations of the exports.

Among his collaborators were Cyril Gregory Buyanovsky, the former president and owner of KanRus from Kansas, and Oleg Chistyakov, also known as Olegs Čitsjakovs, a Latvian who worked as a broker for KanRus.

The group notably avoided sanctions against Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), involved in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election interference, by exporting a Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) to them in 2021.

They managed this by first removing an FSB sticker from the device, sending it for repairs in the U.S. and then re-exporting it to the FSB.

The illegal exports persisted even after Russia’s aggressive military actions in Ukraine in February 2022, with Robertson and his associates employing intermediaries and foreign bank accounts to facilitate their operations.

This ongoing violation led to sanctions by the U.S. against many entities and individuals connected to these activities on December 6, 2023.

Robertson now faces significant prison time, with potential sentences adding up to decades for his several charges.

His sentencing is scheduled for October 3. Meanwhile, Buyanovsky has already pled guilty to related charges and agreed to substantial forfeitures, and Chistyakov was arrested in Latvia, awaiting extradition.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew G. Olsen emphasized that the “Justice Department will not tolerate those who seek to undermine the effectiveness of export controls that protect critical U.S. technology and deter Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.”

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