Dozens of Russian 'arms tycoons' escaped Western sanctions – media
According to media reports, not all arms manufacturers in Russia fell under sanctions/Shutterstock
< strong _ngcontent-sc88="">International partners are expanding sanctions against Russia weekly. to increase pressure on the aggressor country. However, some arms manufacturers have not yet been subject to Western restrictions.
According to the British media, there are now several large arms manufacturers in Russia or owners of powerful sub-sanctioned production facilities outside the sanctions. The very first. who the journalists paid attention to – Alan Lushnikov – a magnate who owns a 75% stake in the Kalashnikov plant. The same factory that produces the famous AK-47 assault rifles, machine guns, sniper rifles, pistols and even rockets. The fact is that the plant fell under sanctions, but the owner did not.
The situation is similar with the concern “Almaz-Antey”, which produces missiles and anti-aircraft systems. Sanctions were imposed on the company by the United States, Great Britain and the EU. However, CEO Yan Novikov is not included in the sanctions lists. Interestingly, it is this company that manufactures Caliber cruise missiles, which Russian war criminals are actively using to shell Ukraine.
Also, sanctions have not yet been imposed on the general director of the Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering, Sergei Pitikov. It is his company that is the manufacturer of the Tochka U missile, which the invaders attacked the railway station in Kramatorsk, and then lied that this was an attack from Ukraine, because there is supposedly no such missile in Russia.
The same situation with Alexander Denisov, head of High Precision Systems, and Alexander Smirnov, head of the Splav research and production association producing Hurricanes
Companies against which no sanctions were imposed
However, there are also entire companies that have not yet been sanctioned. For example, the Degtyarev plant, which produces machine guns and aircraft weapons. The Klimovsky Specialized Ammunition Plant and the Novosibirsk Cartridge Plant also bypass the sanctions.
There are also companies or personalities, partially under sanctions. For example, the United States imposed restrictions on Vladimir Artyakov, one of the key figures of the Rostec company and the head of at least 5 armed firms, including Russian Helicopters. However, in the UK and the EU sanctions against Artyakov have not yet been introduced.
Companies such as Tupolev and VNII Signal have not yet been under the sanctions of the UK and the EU.
The most famous the company that never fell under the sanctions is VSMPO-Avisma Corp, the world's largest supplier of titanium. A quarter of the corporation's shares belong to Rostec. The presence of a large number of subsidiaries outside of Russia, including in the USA, Switzerland, etc., made it possible to avoid sanctions.