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    WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) - The United States has charged Russian national Oleg Nikitin and his Russian-based company KS Engineering (KSE), as well as Russian citizen Anton Cheremukhin, two Italian nationals and an American for conspiring to evade trade sanctions, the Department of Justice said in a press release on Tuesday.

    "According to the indictment, an unnamed Russian government-controlled business contracted with Nikitin and KSE to purchase a Vectra 40G power turbine from a US-based manufacturer for approximately $17.3 million. The Vectra 40G was designed and manufactured for integration with gas generators to enable direct drive of high-power gas compressors. Evidence in the case established the intent of the Russian company to use the Vectra on a Russian Arctic deepwater (greater than 500 feet) drilling platform," the release said.

    The Russian embassy in the US said that the Russian diplomats are in contact with Oleg Nikitin who was detained in the State of Georgia on charges of fraud and money laundering.

    Nikitin and Cheremukhin face up to 45 years in prison and a $1.75 million penalty on charges of violating trade sanctions, conspiring to violate trade sanctions and to defraud the United States, and conspiring to commit wire fraud and launder monetary instruments, the release said. Italian nationals Gabriele Villone and Bruno Caparini also face similar prison time and fines on the same charges.

    US citizen Dali Bagrou faces up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine on the charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud and to launder monetary instruments, the release said.

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