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    Three Russian men were arrested in the USA last Thursday on suspicion of illegal export of American microelectronics to Russia.

    Russian nationals Dmitry Karpenko, Aleksey Krutilin were arrested in Denver, Colorado, on charges of conspiring with naturalized US citizen Aleksey Barysheff, Brooklyn, New York, who was detained over an attempt to buy and illegally export sensitive electronics without a mandatory federal license to Russian end-users, according to the US Department of Justice.

    The scrutiny claims Barysheff registered two New York-based companies BKLN Spectra, Inc. (Spectra) and UIP Techno Corp. (UIP Techno) to use them for purchasing and exporting controlled technology. "To conceal the true destination of the controlled microelectronics from the U.S. suppliers, the defendants and their co-conspirators shipped the items first to Finland and subsequently to Russia," the department said.

    The suspects could face up to 25 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

    Moscow expects explanations from Washington of the arrest. The Foreign Ministry's human rights advocate Konstantin Dolgov told Izvestia, "At this moment we know nothing about any charges and we presume that the US authorities must officially explain the grounds behind the detention of our citizens. Our embassy and consulate in San Francisco continue their work in this direction."

    "The Consular convention gives three days for all this. If all these facts are confirmed we would render consular and legal support to our citizen and would press for the US authorities to observe their rights, including the procedure rights," he added.

    Moscow has lost all trust in US objectivity after previous federal prosecutions of Russian citizens.

    "It's been a long time since we lost any trust in the unbiasedness and objectivity of US justice. Unfortunately we have a great number of examples in which arrests of Russian citizens had been made without any grounds and with violations of the law, including abduction on the territory of third countries," Dolgov said.

    According to the State Duma Committee for International Relations, Aleksey Chepa, the US is trying to heat up the already-tense international situation.

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