The United States accuses 5 Russians and two Americans of conspiring to smuggle military technological equipment to Russia

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The United States has charged five Russians and two other Americans with conspiracy over certain purchases and with money laundering on behalf of the government in Moscow.

The Justice Department said it suspected the defendants of attempting to obtain dual-use and military technologies from US companies for the Russian defense sector.

It is also believed that the defendants conspired to smuggle sniper ammunition in violation of US sanctions against Russia.

One of the Russians is believed to be an FSB officer.

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