Russian lawyer predicts lengthy, complicated trial in U.S. technology export case

Alexei Tarasov, a defense lawyer for one of the women accused by the U.S. authorities of illegally exporting high-tech microelectronic devices, has said that he anticipates a lengthy and complicated trial in this case.

"This case will certainly come as much of a challenge, bearing in mind the accusations that were brought up," Tarasov told Interfax by phone.

The indictment submitted on September 28 was announced by a U.S. court, he said.

The lawyer said that he was representing only the interests of Anastasia Dyatlova at the moment, but he had met with all the other detained Russians.

"I have just returned from court. I do not yet know who will represent them," he said.

The suspects face several charges, the lawyer said.

"Some of the counts they have been charged with carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison, and other counts up to 20 years," Tarasov said, adding that the prosecuting attorney could ask the court to add up their prison sentences.

"It is premature to speak about any prison terms, but they could be considerable," the lawyer said.

Three of the four detained Russians hold dual citizenship, but it is unlikely to influence the court proceedings, he said.

Eleven people were earlier accused of illegally exporting high-tech electronic equipment from the U.S. Eight of them were remanded in custody.

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