SBU blocks smuggling military aircraft components to Russia
The Security Service of Ukraine blocked smuggling to the aggressor country of military aircraft components through the “Boryspil” international airport.
SBU field agents and investigators found that the smuggling was organized by a group of six persons. They have the permanent residence permit in Russia.
The offenders illegally bought from different salespersons units and components for combat aircraft, including Su-27 and TU-22, which are in service in Russia’s Air Forces. The customers were businessmen from Russia, who acted in the interests of the Defence Ministry of the aggressor country. The smugglers were sending the parts to customers via third countries, from where their accomplices redirected the cargo to Russia.
In the course of a special operation in customs post of “Boryspil” airport, SBU officers seized a batch of military-purpose goods. In particular, SBU seized the remote control calculators that are part of the SU-27 control system, which members of the group planned to illegally export from Ukraine.
During the investigatory actions in the warehouses and residence of the defendants in Kyiv and Kharkiv, the law enforcement found components and units for military aircraft, ready for export. Also was found the e-mail correspondence with Russia-based clients, the sets of customs and technical documentation that prove the crime. During the search, the mastermind of the deal tried to use a rifled-bore weapon to counter the security services.
SBU investigators will inform the participants of suspicion under Article 333 (“Violation of procedure of international transfers of goods subject to state export control”) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The pre-trial investigation is ongoing.
The special operation was conducted by the SBU Department in
Kharkiv Region jointly with the SBU Main Directorate of Economic Counter-Intelligence Protection of the State's Interests under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor's Office in Kharkiv region.
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