Russian citizen to appear before US court for selling documentation for F-16 fighter aircraft

Russian citizen to appear before US court for selling documentation for F-16 fighter aircraft

The defendant was detained in Georgia and extradited to the USA, where he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Georgian authorities extradited video game developer Oleg Tishchenko to the US in, where the Russian citizen is accused of trying to take out flight manuals for American F-16 fighter jets. Tischenko bought the documentation from an American Kenneth Sullivan on eBay. The Russian faces up to 10 years in prison, TASS reports.

In October 2011, Sullivan wrote on one of the forums that he handed Tishchenko the fighter jet manuals and doubted the legality of his these actions. A special agent of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of the USA has contacted him. The DHS examined Tischenko's account on eBay and found that the Russian was selling the F-16A manuals to to Cyprus, Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, and Taiwan.

In 2016, after another agreement between Sullivan and Tishchenko on cooperation, the former was detained by the DHS staff and US Air Force officers. In May 2019, the court dropped all charges against Sullivan. Tishchenko was detained in Georgia in June 2018, and on June 15, 2016, the USA charged him in absentia. The Russian pleads innocent. The first court hearing on the merits is scheduled for August 19.

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