Two Russians were arrested Thursday in Denver as part of an alleged scheme to illegally export controlled technology that could be used in building up military systems to Russia, the U.S. Justice Department announced.

Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Karpenko and Alexey Krutilin were arrested on charges of conspiring with others in the scheme, prosecutors said.

Earlier Thursday, Alexey Barysheff of Brooklyn, New York, a naturalized citizen of the United States, was arrested on federal charges of illegally exporting controlled technology from the United States to end-users in Russia. Federal agents executed search warrants at two Brooklyn locations that were allegedly used as front companies in Barysheff’s alleged scheme.

Barysheff was scheduled to make his initial appearance Thursday at the U.S. in Brooklyn. Karpenko and Krutilin also were scheduled to make their initial appearances at the U.S. Courthouse in Denver, where the government was expected to seek permission to transport the men to New York.

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