The head of a Russian subsidiary trading uranium fuel in the US has been arrested on extortion and conspiracy charges for causing financial damage to own parent company, after allegedly declining to give evidence against high-ranking Russian officials.
Russian national, Vadim Mikerin, 55, the general director of the TENAM USA Corporation based in Bethesda, Maryland, was taken into custody on Wednesday, October 29. Allegedly, he accepted $1,692,995 in kickback payments for providing lucrative $33 million contracts for transportation of radioactive material from Russia to the US, said an official United States Attorney’s Office release. If found guilty, Mikerin could face 20 years in prison.
TENAM is the US subsidiary of Moscow-based JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a company responsible for international sale and transportation of nuclear material produced by the Russian state-owned nuclear monopoly Rosatom and fully belongs to it.