News Release: Associated Press
July 16, 2014
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a Savannah man accused of illegally sending firearms components to Russia has been indicted by a grand jury.
Authorities say 33-year-old Russian citizen Viacheslav Zhukov mailed multiple packages containing firearm magnifier scopes to Russia without first obtaining an export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prosecutors say the man also misrepresented the contents of the packages on United States Postal Service customs forms.
According to the indictment, the man is charged with conspiracy to violate the international emergency economic powers act and providing false statements.
Zhukov's attorney, John Carson, says his client pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Monday. Carson says he and his client are waiting for prosecutors to present evidence supporting allegations that he committed offenses against the United States.