Russian To FBI Most-Wanted List For Alleged Theft Of Industrial
April 5, 2021
defense industry executive and alleged intelligence officer has been
added to the FBI’s most-wanted list for his alleged involvement in
the theft of trade secrets from a U.S. aviation company.
The FBI said on April 2 on Twitter it is seeking the arrest of
Aleksandr Korshunov, 58, saying he is suspected of conspiring to
steal trade secrets from the company to benefit Russia.
for Russian state-owned aviation company United Engine Corporation (UEC),
while also serving as an intelligence officer with Russia’s Foreign
Intelligence Service (SVR), the FBI said.
UEC appointed Korshunov in 2009 as its director of marketing and
sales, the U.S. law enforcement agency said in a statement
accompanying the tweet that includes a photo of Korshunov.
Korshunov’s job was to encourage Western aviation companies to work
with UEC to advance Russia’s aviation technology, the FBI said.
“It is alleged that, between 2013 and 2018, Korshunov conspired and
attempted to steal trade secrets from an American aviation company,
the FBI said. “He hired engineers employed by a subsidiary of a
large United States aviation company to consult on the redesign of
the Russian PD-14 aero engine.”
Korshunov was able to acquire the company’s confidential, protected,
and unique engineering patterns, plans, and procedures “for the
benefit of Russia,” the FBI said.
Korshunov has been sought by the FBI since August 2019, when he was
indicted by the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was
arrested later that month in Italy at the request of the United
But his lawyer told TASS that he returned to Moscow in the summer of
2020 “accompanied by Russian law enforcement under arrest.”
Russian authorities said Korshunov was wanted in Russia to face
charges of embezzlement and fraud, TASS said.
was extradited to Russia “under the decision of the Italian Justice
Ministry and in accordance with the relevant request,” which Italy’s
judiciary had approved before the U.S. sought extradition, the
The original U.S. complaint accused Korshunov and Maurizio Bianchi,
the former director of an Italian division of General Electric (GE)
Aviation, of hiring former GE employees to prepare a technical
report on jet engine accessories using the U.S. company’s
GE Aviation is one of the world’s largest suppliers of civilian and
military aircraft engines and has a factory in Cincinnati. It
completed the acquisition of an Italian manufacturer of aviation
components in 2013.
The Russian Embassy in Washington said its diplomats protested
Korshunov's detention after it was announced in 2019, calling it