Chinese citizens were accused of trying to buy and take out a fuel dispenser and temperature sensor to the fighter. They denied their guilt, claiming that they were interested in fertilizers
The Khimki City Court of the Moscow Region sentenced two Chinese citizens to five and a half and six years in prison on charges of smuggling spare parts for the Su-27 supersonic fighter, TASS reports.
“The court ruled to sentence Zhao Xin to five years and six months in a penal colony, Li Hongliang— to six years in a general regime colony, & mdash; the judge announced the verdict.
Initially, a criminal case was opened against them under Part 3 of Art. 226.1 of the Criminal Code (smuggling of weapons or military equipment committed by an organized group), but in the verdict part 3 was replaced by part 2 of the same article (that is, they were not considered an organized group).
The Kommersant newspaper wrote in October 2019 that the UK is investigating a case against two Chinese citizens accused of smuggling parts for the Su-27. According to the publication, FSB officers found a fuel dispenser for the Su-27 in one of the Moscow apartments. The owner of the apartment said that the device belongs to his cohabitant Marina Zakharova, who sells aircraft spare parts via the Internet. The woman herself claimed that the distributor was ordered in 2018 by Chinese citizens Zhao Xin and Li Hongliang, offering $18,000. from the city of Gavrilov-Yam in the Yaroslavl region, which produced aircraft parts. Zakharova bought a device from him for 540,000 rubles, and then shipped it to China via Ussuriysk in Primorsky Krai. However, the customers stated that the product was defective and asked for a replacement. The participants in the transaction were monitored by FSB operatives for several months.
During the inquiry, it turned out that the Chinese, in addition to the distributor, also ordered a “capsular thermal sensor”; to the same fighter from the co-founder of Migrant LLC; military pensioner Alexander Vasiliev. Vasiliev told the operatives that the customer— Chinese citizen Zhao Li. Vasiliev was offered to participate in an operational experiment, he agreed. He met with Zhao Xin and Li Hongliang at a hotel in Izmailovo. They paid the pensioner an advance of $10,000, and he promised to ship the goods in the near future.
Zakharova met with the Chinese in a similar way, and she also agreed to cooperate with the FSB. The woman met with customers in one of the Moscow cafes and returned part of the board to them— $5 thousand— for a defective distributor. As soon as they received the money, they were detained by the FSB.
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The defendants denied his guilt, claiming that they were interested not in spare parts for aircraft, but in fertilizers.
In July 2009, a Chinese man tried to smuggle a part from a Su-27 across the Russian border. He was caught at the Zabaikalsk checkpoint — Manchuria. A foreigner was carrying a spare part under the guise of a pump.
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