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Russian to be sent to Florida to face arms charges

January 5, 2019

A Russian national was arrested in the American territory of the Northern Mariana Islands and was to be sent to Florida to face charges of attempting to export arms illegally and money laundering.

Federal court records show Dmitrii Makarenko was arrested in Saipan on Dec. 29. He is wanted in Florida on one count of conspiracy to export defense articles without a license, four counts of attempting to export defense articles without a license, and two counts of money laundering.

The 72-year-old Makarenko’s whereabouts were not immediately clear, but a judge in Saipan signed an order on Dec. 31 to have him taken to Florida.

A grand jury indictment filed in June 2017 accuses Makarenko of placing orders for items like night-vision rifle scopes, monoculars, and firearm ammunition primers with a Florida-based company.

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the international affairs committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said Makarenko’s arrest was “the latest attack on a citizen of Russia outside the frame work of international law,” Interfax reported.

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