A Russian-Canadian woman, Kristina Puzyreva, has pleaded guilty to a multimillion-dollar scheme to send electronics to Russia for military use in the war against Ukraine. Prosecutors claimed that Puzyreva was involved in helping to send pieces used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and guided missile systems in violation of export and sanctions laws.
According to an indictment filed in November, Puzyreva’s husband, Nikolay Goltsev, had been buying American electronic components for the Russian military for years while living in Canada. The indictment also stated that Puzyreva was involved with an electronics company based in Montreal, Simatech Group Inc., which bought what is known as dual-use technology. Over roughly five years, she received more than 150 packages at her Canadian address from American companies.
Puzyreva’s involvement in the scheme included laundering proceeds from the illegal shipments in order to evade sanctions and ship UAV and missile components to Russia that were later found on the battlefield in Ukraine. The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Breon Peace, indicated that Puzyreva played a key role in this process.
The cases against Goltsev and another individual, Salimdzhon Nasriddinov, are still ongoing.