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Judge sets trial for Russian in rifle sight case

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (AP) — A federal judge in Wyoming has set a February trial date for a Russian man charged with trying to export military-grade, thermal-imaging rifle sights from the United States to Russia without federal permits.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson on Monday ordered 32-year-old Roman Kvinikadze of Moscow to stand trial Feb. 3 in Cheyenne. A statement from a federal agent alleges Kvinikadze tried to buy the sights from an undercover Homeland Security agent. Kvinikadze was arrested this summer after traveling to Wyoming to inspect the sights and finalize the purchase.

The U.S. State Department restricts export of the sights, which essentially allow a shooter to see a target's body heat in the dark. Cheyenne lawyer Ronald Pretty represents Kvinikadze. Pretty says his client intended to sell the sights to Russian hunters.

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