Feds say New England home was used in scheme to send technology to Russia


imageFederal indictment describes NH resident’s alleged role in sending restricted technology to Russia

A New Hampshire home was used as a waypoint for repackaging electronics and other high-tech gear before it was illegally shipped onward to Europe and, eventually, to Russia, according to a federal indictment.

In a plot dating back to at least 2017, the group is accused of purchasing and shipping millions of dollars worth of military and other restricted technologies to Russia.

“These items included advanced electronics and sophisticated testing equipment used in quantum computing, hypersonic and nuclear weapons development and other military and space-based military applications,” the indictment states.

According to the indictment, which was filed in the Eastern District of New York last week, seven people are accused of charges including conspiracy, money laundering and bank fraud in connection with the plot.One of the defendants is Alexey Brayman, a lawful permanent resident of Merrimack, New Hampshire, who is accused of handling many of the illegal shipments at his home.

“Brayman repeatedly used the New Hampshire Residence as a transshipment point for repackaging sensitive military-grade and export-controlled items and forwarding them to intermediate locations in Europe and Asia, from where they were transshipped to Russia,” the indictment states.

In one example, the indictment says Brayman was instructed to cut off old labels and remove invoices or packing lists before shipping the equipment on to a freight company in Germany.He was told to leave the instruction manuals and other technical documentation in the packages.

Money used to purchase and ship the equipment was allegedly routed through a series of transactions with bank accounts from around the world, the indictment alleges.

Neighbors said they often saw packages coming and going from the Brayman family’s home on Ellie Drive, where they had lived for several years.They never questioned the activity because Brayman and his wife run an online lighting business.

On Tuesday, the khaki-colored, two-story home was decorated for the holidays with an SUV parked outside.Security cameras can be seen, mounted to the exterior of the home.

Neighbors said FBI agents visited the home last month but they did not know the reason for that visit, until now..

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