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Russian indicted in Florida arrested on Saipan

A RUSSIAN national indicted in Florida in 2017 for alleged  involvement in a conspiracy to illegally ship military items has been arrested on Saipan.

According to court documents filed in the District Court for the NMI, a grand jury sitting in the Southern District of Florida returned an indictment against Dmitrii Makarenko on June 15, 2017, charging him with one count of conspiracy to export defense articles without a license, and two counts of money laundering.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued a warrant for his arrest on the same date of the indictment.

Makarenko is accused of attempting to export military-grade night vision and thermal vision devices as well as ammunition primers to Russia.

According to the indictment, no defense articles or defense services may be exported or otherwise transferred from the U.S. to a foreign country without a license or written approval from the U.S. Department of State-Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations also prohibits attempted exports, re-exports, transfers, trade-shipments and diversion from foreign countries of previously exported defense articles or services without State Department authorization.

In June, Makarenko’s co-defendant, Vladimir Nevidomy, pled guilty in Florida and was sentenced to 26 months in prison.

The indictment stated that Nevidomy was a resident of Hallandale Beach, Florida, and was the owner, registered agent and principal of Primex Group Inc., a Florida corporation in Sunny Isles Beach in Florida.

Beginning April 2013 and continuing through November 2013, in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, in the Southern District of Florida, the defendants, conspired to export defense articles from the U.S. to Russia, without having first obtained a license or written approval from the State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the indictment stated.

It added that it was the purpose of the conspiracy for the defendants to unjustly enrich themselves by exporting defense articles from the U.S. to Russia and to evade the prohibitions and licensing requirements of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations as well detection by the U.S. government.

The co-conspirators used email to communicate between Russia and the United States, the indictment stated. Makarenko would place an order for defense articles which Nevidomy would procure from U.S. vendors. Nevidomy would then a ship the defense articles from the U.S. to Makarenko in Russia without obtaining the required licenses from the U.S. State Department-Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.

On Saipan, Makarenko was served with an arrest warrant o Saturday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Court documents did not state why the defendant was on island.

For his initial appearance in the federal court on Dec. 31, 2018, Makarenko was with his private counsel, Tiberius Mocanu, and an interpreter.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth R. Backe, who represented the federal government, asked the court for an order to transfer Makarenko to Florida.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona  granted the motion.