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2 men on DC-area accused of smuggling weapons to Chechnya

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two Chechen men in the Washington metropolitan area are accused of smuggling weapons to the Russian republic.

A release from the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, says the 28-year-old Tengiz Sydykov and a 27-year-old Eldar Rezvanov were on Tuesday arrested on charges of international trafficking in firearms, smuggling, and other violations.

A criminal complaint says the Alexandria, Virginia, residents purchased more than 100 disassembled firearms, and tried to ship them to Chechnya without a permit, use of false shipping stocks and the hide of the parts as kitchenware and car seat covers. Post employees told investigators the pair made parcel shipments almost daily.

The men appeared in federal court Tuesday and were ordered held pending a detention hearing Thursday. Each faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.

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