Developer Oleg Tishchenko to be deported to Russia
He partially pleaded guilty to smuggling and violation of the law on the export of weapons.
Russian Oleg Tishchenko, arrested in the United States for the purchase of drawings of an American F-16 fighter, will be deported to his homeland. The US court passed the verdict on the developer’s case after he partially pleaded guilty to smuggling and violating the law on the export of weapons. According to Vesti.ru, the court took into account the period that the Russian spent behind bars during the investigation, which has been conducted since 2016.
“Mr. Tishchenko plead guilty today to Arms Control Act violation and a smuggling violation," said the US District Attorney Carlos Esqueda who added the developer was only using the information as a flight simulator programmer. "We've assured that Mr. Tishchenko will be removed from the United States as of this afternoon and he will be going back to Moscow.”
Oleg Tishchenko is a computer games developer who worked for Eagle Dynamics. In 2011, to create an aircraft simulator, he bought instructions on the operation of the American F-16 fighter. Five years later, the US authorities brought a criminal case against him, and in early 2019, they extradited him from Georgia.