Russians carry airplane parts in suitcases to circumvent sanctions

Russian passengers are carrying aircraft parts in their luggage to deliver to Russian airlines affected by sanctions. According to the Financial Times, aircraft parts are being delivered in hand luggage to Russian airlines affected by sanctions.

According to the Financial Times, a Middle Eastern company sent $1.5 million worth of goods to Russia’s S7 airline. Russian airlines get their aircraft parts through a vast network of small suppliers, many of whom are based in the United Arab Emirates.

In mid-2022, staff at a Moscow airport found an aircraft part worth $40,000 in a passenger’s luggage. The equipment belonged to S7, Russia’s second largest airline, and was one of 11 similar items sent to Moscow in passenger luggage that year, all of which were reported on customs forms.

Russia’s aviation sector was hit hard by Western sanctions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

‘We respect sanctions’

The sanctions made it difficult for the country’s airlines to access new aircraft or parts to maintain existing ones.

According to the latest developments, Turboshaft, a UAE-based aircraft parts supplier and exporter run by a Russian-born businessman, has shipped $1.5 million worth of goods to S7 since the start of the war.

Despite this, Turboshaft said it stopped supplying aircraft parts to Russia in February 2022 and that it was ‘aware of and respectful of the international sanctions regime’.

Senior US Treasury official travelling to Singapore and Malaysia to discuss sanctions

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