Russian jailed in Utah, accused of smuggling, selling fighter jet manuals

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Oleg Mikhaylovich Tishchenko (Photo Weber County)

A Russia citizen is accused of smuggling fighter jet manuals from the U.S. and is custody in Utah.

Oleg Tishchenko has been indicted on five counts, including attempted smuggling goods and conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States. It is not clear why he is jailed in Weber County, but jets related to the flight manuals are housed at Hill Air Force Base.

The indictment says Tishchenko asked for help shipping an item he purchased on eBay, on a digital combat simulator online forum. He told forum users he was bidding on a series of F-16 A/B air defense fighter manuals and needed help since international shipping was not allowed by the seller.

Kenneth Edward Sullivan, a forum member in Texas, agreed to help.

On June 29, 2011, when the eBay auction ended, Tishchenko changed his shipping address to Sullivan's in Texas.

The indictment says between June 29 and Oct. 25 that year, "Sullivan shipped the Air Force Technical Orders (flight manuals) to Tishchenko in Moscow,"

On June 29, 2011 Sullivan posted a comment stating that he has shipped the manuals and was concerned he had violated the law by forwarding them to Moscow, Russia.

It says from Jan. 1, 2012 through Sept 17, 2015, Tishchenko repeatedlly auctioned the F-16A flight manuals on DVD to individuals in Cyprus, Japan, Netherlands, Australia, Germany and Taiwan.

Charges against Sullivan were dropped.