Police arrest suspects for evading Russia sanctions

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Dutch police have arrested three people believed to be part of an international smuggling operation aimed at circumventing sanctions against Russia.

The two men and a woman were picked up during a multi-country raid on January 9, coordinated by the European Union’s legal organisations Europol and Eurojust. Two of the suspects were managers at the Dutch-based export company, while the third was a contractor.

Dutch authorities did not release the names of the suspects or the company, but  NOS reports it is the Voorschoten-based firm, ETW-Tekhnologiya BV.

In December, Nieuwsuur reported the company had been sending millions of euros worth of technical equipment to Russia in violation of export bans.

The European Union has issued more than a dozen rounds of sanctions against Russia and high-level officials since 2014 in response to Moscow’s activities in Ukraine.

EU countries cannot send cutting-edge technology, luxury goods and weapons among other items to the Russian Federation, nor can countries import certain products.

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