Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel - Somali official
BOSASSO, Somalia, May 23 Somali pirates hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel on Tuesday to use as a base to attack bigger, more valuable ships, the mayor of a Somali town said.
April 28 Two Russian nationals arrested in the United States last October on charges of conspiring to export sensitive military technology from the United States to Russia were sentenced to time served on Friday, a spokesman for U.S. prosecutors said.
Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Karpenko, 33, and Alexey Krutilin, 27, both pleaded guilty on March 8 and were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leo Glasser in Brooklyn. They have agreed to immediate deportation to Russia, where both live, the spokesman said.
U.S. prosecutors said the two defendants planned to obtain microelectronics from manufacturers and suppliers in the United States and export them to Russia while evading government controls on high-tech exports.
The technology at issue included devices used in radar and missile guidance systems, prosecutors said. The United States restricts the export of items it believes could contribute to weapons proliferation and undermine U.S. national security.
Karpenko and Krutilin were arrested in Denver on Oct. 5 in a sting operation arranged by U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents posing as sellers, according to court filings.
In briefs filed in the Brooklyn court, lawyers for Karpenko and Krutilin said that while the two men knew the purpose of their trip was illegal, they had been sent by their employer, a Russian company called Aelek, and did not plan the purchases themselves.
The lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment.
Prosecutors said last October that Karpenko and Krutilin conspired with Alexey Barysheff, a U.S. citizen living in Brooklyn who was also arrested. Prosecutors say Barysheff set up front companies to buy and export electronics.
Barysheff has also pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 17, court records show. (Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
LONDON, May 23 The state-backed Russian Direct Investment Fund is expecting to sign 100 billion roubles ($1.8 billion) worth of deals at an investment forum in early June in sectors such as transport, logistics and mining, its chief executive said on Tuesday.
* Initial public offering (IPO) before summer break - sources