The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) said it blocked the illegal transport of stolen aircraft components including engines one of which costs $980,000, to Russia.
Police detained the suspects while trying to sell a military aircraft engine valued $980,000. Aircraft spare parts for Mi-2 and Mi-8 helicopters were found, the department said.
The ‘stolen’ spare parts and engines were allegedly were exported abroad by intermediaries outside customs control. Documents were forged to state that the components were being sold to defense companies from the Middle East and former Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries while it was being transferred to Russia, SSU said in a release.
A highly-placed official of a ‘strategic enterprise’ has been detained in connection with the case. “Currently, according to Art. 208 of the Criminal procedural code of Ukraine militiamen detained the chief of department of the strategic enterprise. The official was informed about the suspicion under Part 5 of Art. 27 and part 3 of Art. 191 (appropriation, misappropriation of property or taking it by abuse of office) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and a measure of restraint in the form of house arrest was chosen.”