A Canadian Russian woman from Montreal has pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to money-laundering conspiracy for her part in a scheme to send electronics to Russia for military use in the war against Ukraine. Kristina Puzyreva, 32, admitted to helping send pieces used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and guided missile systems in violation of export and sanctions laws. Her husband, Nikolay Goltsev, 37, and Salimdzhon Nasriddinov, 52, were also charged with smuggling, conspiracy to violate sanctions, and wire fraud conspiracy.
Goltsev, who used to live in Canada, had been buying American electronic components for the Russian military for years. Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, stated that Puzyreva played a key role in the plan, laundering proceeds from the scheme to evade sanctions and shipping UAV and missile components to Russia that were later found on the battlefield in Ukraine. This was part of a multimillion-dollar scheme that raised serious concerns. More details will come.