May 12, 2021

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Germany: arrest of a contractor for the illegal delivery of weapons to Russia

By Le Figaro with AFP

A business leader in the south of Germany has been arrested after being shipped illegally to several million euros worth of military equipment in Russia, despite eu sanctions, announced on Thursday that the German courts.

This German arrested Tuesday and identified as Alexander S. is suspected of having contravened the law on foreign trade and payments in seven cases “for the account of the secret services of a foreign power,” says the federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe said in a statement. Several raids took place on Wednesday at his home in Augsburg, but also in commercial premises, in Bavaria, in Saxony and Berlin.

The man would have sold machine tools to the “user-military end -” in Russia, bypassing the controls, indicating false recipients for its goods. All the machines were “objectively suitable for use in the military sector,” says the prosecutor.

He allegedly also fraudulently obtained the export permit required by giving “incorrect information” about how the goods would be used.

Between 2016 and 2018, it is suspected to have made seven transactions of this type for a total amount of around eight million euros, according to the public prosecutor. However, the european Union has prohibited this kind of trade in imposing sanctions on Russia following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.