Sanction-busting Russian businessman sentenced to 18 months in Dutch prison

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A 56-year-old Russian businessman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison in the Netherlands for violating sanctions against Moscow, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported on Oct. 31. He has also been fined EUR 200,000 ($220,000).

The man was arrested in late September 2022. The investigation has established that he had been selling microchips to Russia through his own company for six years.

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Evidence shows that, after the onset of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the man sought to circumvent EU sanctions imposed on Russia. He was conducting business through shell companies in the Maldives.

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The products were shipped to various Russian buyers, but they eventually ended up in Russia's defense enterprises. The court found him guilty of knowingly circumventing EU economic sanctions against Russia.

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