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Feds accuse Olathe, Lawrence men of illegally exporting aviation technology to Russia

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Mar 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-02 17:43:40-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal prosecutors have charged two Kansas men, one from Olathe and another from Lawrence, with violating U.S. export laws to transport aviation-related technology to Russia.

Cyril Gregory Buyanovsky, 59, and Douglas Roberston, 55, co-own and operated KanRus Trading Company, which has supplied Western aircraft equipment to Russian companies.

KanRus also provides repair services for equipment used in Russia-manufactured aircraft.

The pair allegedly shipped items through third-party countries to conceal the true end destinations of their exports among other accusations in the federal indictment.

The pair received a computer processor from a Russian security company for repair in November 2020 and February 2021.

They concealed the fact that it was coming from Russia by using a fake invoice to identify the end destination as Germany.

Investigators also allege that the pair shipped equipment through Armenia and Cyprus to Russia last summer without obtaining required licenses.

After Russia's invasion on Ukraine, the U.S. imposed additional restrictions on the exports of aviation technology to Russia.

As part of restrictions, businesses were required to receive an exporting license from the the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Buyanovsky and Roberston did not seek or obtain a license.

The pair are charged with conspiracy, exporting controlled goods without a license, falsifying and failing to file electronic export information, and smuggling goods contrary to U.S. law.

This story is breaking and will be updated.