Germany charges two businessmen who supplied drone parts to Russia

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Two businessmen charged in Germany

The Federal Prosecutor's Office of Germany has charged two German and Russian citizens with violating sanctions for selling electronics to Russia. It concerns equipment used in Orlan-10 drones.

This was announced by the country's Prosecutor General's Office. They noted that the total cost of the illegally exported components is about 875 thousand euros.

Waldemar W. is the CEO of two German companies engaged in international trade in electronic components. Together with Natalie S., they have been in custody in Germany since March 2023, but in May, the court suspended the preventive measure for the woman.

The man is a German citizen, the woman is a Russian citizen. The former is suspected of repeatedly violating the law on foreign trade and payments, and the latter of "aiding and abetting some of these crimes."

Between January 2020 and March 2023, Waldemar W. exported electronic components 54 times to a company in Russia that manufactures Orlan-10 UAVs. The deliveries were made in circumvention of sanctions against Russia through shell companies, and in 14 cases Natalia S. was involved.

"After the outbreak of the war in Ukraine in February 2022, Waldemar W. began exporting goods to Russia through recipients in third countries, including Kyrgyzstan and Hong Kong," the Prosecutor General's Office added.

Despite the sanctions imposed on Russia, the mining and metallurgical complex of the Russian Federation continues to receive significant profits from exporting products to the European Union. Thus, in 2023, the EU imported €2.4 billion worth of steel products from Russia.

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