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Feds Charge New Russian Bombshell
cbs ^ | Wednesday, 28 July 2010 6:54AM | Naimah Jabali-Nash

Posted on 07/28/2010 8:36:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Fermanova, 24, is the newest bombshell targeted by federal authorities. She is accused of attempting to smuggle high-tech night vision scopes from the United States to Russia.

An arrest affidavit obtained by Crimesider states that Fermanova, along with others, tried to "intentionally attempt to export" defense articles listed on the United States Munitions List without having the required license to do so.

The document says that when Fermanova attempted to board a plane at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport bound for Moscow on March 1, Customs & Border Protection seized her luggage, finding three night vision devices.

When Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents approached Fermanova regarding the cutting-edge devices, she claimed that she purchased the scopes online, stated the affidavit.

The scopes reportedly cost approximately $15,000 total, according to The Smoking Gun.

When ICE agents further questioned Fermanova, asking if she was aware of the regulations regarding such items she claimed that she "signed something about that," but was "not really sure what she was signing."

According to ICE special agent David Mondanaro, one of the devices found in Fermanova's luggage was a Raptor 4X, which is considered a "generation 3" night vision device that allows the user to locate a target in "low light conditions." The Raptor 4X is engineered to be attached to a rifle, stated the affidavit.

Though Fermanova claimed she was unaware of such guidelines, the devices appeared to have "no visible identification stickers or markings" and several ID numbers "had been covered with black marker pen," indicated Mondanaro.

The agents confiscated the three devices, but allowed Fermanova to board her scheduled flight, according to the affidavit. She returned to the U.S. and was arrested July 15 on a warrant signed by a federal magistrate in Brooklyn.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 201003; 20100301; 201007; 20100715; espionage; fermanova; nationalsecurity; nightvision; raptor4x; russianspies; smuggling
The alleged accused.
1 posted on 07/28/2010 8:36:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

p-r-r-r-r-r-r-r!!


2 posted on 07/28/2010 8:37:42 AM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: Lazamataz; Slings and Arrows

Put Laz on the case.


3 posted on 07/28/2010 8:41:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: a fool in paradise

NOT GUILTY !


4 posted on 07/28/2010 8:42:21 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (When all else fails one must, "Release the Kraken!")
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To: BenLurkin
The agents confiscated the three devices, but allowed Fermanova to board her scheduled flight, according to the affidavit. She returned to the U.S. and was arrested July 15 on a warrant signed by a federal magistrate in Brooklyn.

Cute, but not very smart. She gets caught spying, but get out of the country because the feds bumbling idiots. And then she comes back! She had to know she had been burned, and when your burned you keep running and don't look back.
5 posted on 07/28/2010 8:47:57 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: BenLurkin; airborne; a fool in paradise

From reading the story I’d be inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt. During the Cold War era, Russians who were allowed to travel abroad routinely smuggled back goodies to supplement their incomes.

Surely the SVR would be able to purchase and smuggle stuff like this on a larger scale.

Now that things have changed. The only stuff that could be smuggled back to Russia profitably would be stuff that it is illegal to transport.

Hey, she needs something to supplement her nail-filing income.


6 posted on 07/28/2010 8:49:45 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: BenLurkin

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$6,735.00 new - SpecialForces.com
Morovision Raptor Gen 3+ Night Vision Riflescope (4x & 6x Rifle
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7 posted on 07/28/2010 8:51:26 AM PDT by dasboot (Down: up. Up: down.)
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To: GonzoGOP

I think she’s gambling that the spying charges won’t stick.

And, if they do, maybe she can get herself ceremoniously deported and be welcomed back a Heroine of Mother Russia by pooty and then run for the Duma like ol’ Anna.


8 posted on 07/28/2010 8:51:40 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: dasboot

They sell this ‘secret stuff’ online and expect them not to end in Russian hands? Jeez


9 posted on 07/28/2010 8:54:00 AM PDT by mainsail that ("A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights" - Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: dasboot

What occurs to me is that this gal may be working in opposition to KGBPutin; and, at the general request of Premier, the US is preventing its export to other than official government organizations.

OTOH, she could be supplying muslim terrorists with equalizers.

Tough call.

Photo says NG


10 posted on 07/28/2010 8:55:10 AM PDT by dasboot (Down: up. Up: down.)
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To: mainsail that

“They sell this ‘secret stuff’ online and expect them not to end in Russian hands? Jeez”

Yep!! BizRight will find you the best price!!

But I’d google a little deeper: they don’t catch every seller.


11 posted on 07/28/2010 8:56:58 AM PDT by dasboot (Down: up. Up: down.)
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To: BenLurkin

Night vision? If I was with her I sure wouldn’t turn out the lights!


12 posted on 07/28/2010 8:57:40 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: mainsail that

http://www.walmart.com/ip/ATN-Corp-MARS-6-Night-Vision-Riflescopes/14625040


13 posted on 07/28/2010 9:00:04 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (+)
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To: mainsail that
They sell this ‘secret stuff’ online and expect them not to end in Russian hands? Jeez

Only drug runners are supposed to be getting it.

14 posted on 07/28/2010 9:03:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: BenLurkin

Funny. It’s like her handlers wanted her to get caught.

The technology could easily have been assayed and documented in the US. The units themselves, easily exported offshore, secretly, south of the border.

Smells real funny....


15 posted on 07/28/2010 9:03:01 AM PDT by dasboot (Down: up. Up: down.)
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To: airborne

In the words of W. C. Fields, “Mind if I pet your pussy?”


16 posted on 07/28/2010 9:03:53 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

When she was on a date with her stateside boyfriend, he came down with a case of Russian Hands. He could’ve just taken his time...


17 posted on 07/28/2010 9:04:48 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: ctdonath2

Once again, WallyMart trumps the competition!

They should make purchase tax-deductable for US citizens. Essential stuff.


18 posted on 07/28/2010 9:04:57 AM PDT by dasboot (Down: up. Up: down.)
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To: ctdonath2

Once again, WallyMart trumps the competition!

They should make purchase tax-deductable for US citizens. Essential stuff.


19 posted on 07/28/2010 9:05:16 AM PDT by dasboot (Down: up. Up: down.)
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To: BenLurkin

Gee, she looks like Chris Moltisanti’s girlfriend Adriana La Cerva. Where is Silvo Dante?


20 posted on 07/28/2010 9:07:41 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like my cat . .
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2554413/posts?page=130#130


21 posted on 07/28/2010 9:17:29 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: dasboot
OpticsPlanet.com

OpticsPlanet are regular 'tards. I tried to buy a pair of electronic hearing protectors (Peltors), and they wanted me to fill out export licensing forms. GeeZ!

22 posted on 07/28/2010 9:18:23 AM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Sarajevo

Covering arse.


23 posted on 07/28/2010 9:24:06 AM PDT by dasboot (Down: up. Up: down.)
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To: Sarajevo

Dude - seriously cool about page.

Thanks for sharing the photos.


24 posted on 07/28/2010 9:28:10 AM PDT by ASOC (Alpha India Alpha Three Tango Alpha)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Hmm, I thought that zinger originated with Carson. Might be a bit of urban legend at work there, though.


25 posted on 07/28/2010 9:35:35 AM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: BenLurkin
I work in Plano, TX.

I should stop by her parent's house at lunch and see how she's holding up... I can cheer her up by taking her to Fillmore Pub [grab a few pints of Smithwick's or Boddington's beer] or Urban Crust [for some pizza] in old downtown Plano. :-)

26 posted on 07/28/2010 9:51:06 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: BenLurkin
From Dallas Morning News' www.dallasnews.com:

Accused Russia-aiding smuggler Anna Fermanova under house arrest in Plano

27 posted on 07/28/2010 10:00:58 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: ASOC

Thanx :)


28 posted on 07/28/2010 10:10:56 AM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: BenLurkin

Is there a facebook group for secret russian spies?


29 posted on 07/28/2010 10:30:27 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise

I hope the cat’s OK.


30 posted on 07/28/2010 10:36:51 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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