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Russian defense conglomerate bypasses sanctions for buying electronic warfare equipment in the West for use in Ukraine — Medusa

Russian investigative agency Critical Story reports that Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec has purchased electronic warfare components from the United States and is using them against the Ukrainian military.

Foreign components are needed to produce the Khibiny electronic countermeasure system capable of jamming air defense systems and protecting Russian aircraft from them. Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), a company owned by Rostec, manufactures the Khibiny system, but sanctions prevent it from legally acquiring NATO components.

Important Stories has discovered that Testkomplekt, a Russian privately held company apparently run by the wife of a KRET manager, is buying components from shell companies owned by related businessmen in Hong Kong and China. Testkomplekt then sells the components to his company Radiopriorsnab. Radiopriborsnab is 49.9% controlled by a subsidiary of KRET. 49.9% are technically not a controlling interest, so Radiopriorsnab is not considered a Russian defense company and not subject to all sanctions.

In December, a key article, along with Reuters and British think tank RUSI, revealed similar Russian plans to acquire drone parts.

https://meduza.io/en/news/2023/01/25/russian-state-defense-conglomerate-skirts-sanctions-to-buy-electronic-warfare-equipment-in-the-west-to-use-in-ukraine Russian defense conglomerate bypasses sanctions for buying electronic warfare equipment in the West for use in Ukraine — Medusa

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