The aviation industry of the aggressor country Russia continues to receive supplies from the Russian company Avia FED Service, which, for its part, purchased most of the spare parts in Ukraine.
This is stated in the investigation of the publication "Important Stories".
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Avia FED Service has supplied the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Rostec and the Presidential Flight Squad of the Russian Federation with spare parts worth at least 650 million rubles (2022 – July 2023). Most of it – 370 million rubles – came from Ukraine.
According to customs data, Avia FED Service imported:
There were also deliveries from France, the United States and the United Kingdom.
After the start of the war in eastern Ukraine, the main supplier of Avia FED Service, the Kharkiv plant FED (KhMZ), officially stopped all deliveries to Russia. This was a serious blow to the company – Russia accounted for about 70% of sales.
Initially, Avia FED Service was founded in 1993 as a representative office of KhMZ. The current director of the plant, Alexander Reshetnik, was born in Lugansk, studied at the Kharkiv Aviation Institute, on his personal website there is a section with photos of FED employees.
With the beginning of the war in Donbass, the plant officially stopped deliveries to Russia. In 2018, Avia FED Service came under Ukrainian sanctions.
"Therefore, in 2022-2023, deliveries to it did not go directly, but through the company Linker, registered in the United Arab Emirates... The website says that it specializes in the supply of aircraft parts for Mi-8, Mi-17, Ka-32 helicopters "anywhere in the world." On the LinkedIn website, you can find the profile of the head of the company – his name is Andrey Kurta. Kurta's profile on Vkontakte states that he was born in Chernihiv and graduated from Nizhyn State University named after Nikolai Gogol," the journalists write.
Linker received Ukrainian products, in particular from Motor Sich, whose director Vyacheslav Boguslaev was detained in October last year on suspicion of treason for "illegal supply of military goods for Russian attack aircraft."
The website of Linker's sister company Amis states that the company is the official representative of Motor Sich in the UAE and "has all the necessary permits and licenses."
The last delivery of the Linker was made in January this year. After that, deliveries continued through the Bakaytorg1 company from Kyrgyzstan, which was registered in April 2023. During this time, she managed to sell to Russia the products of the Ukrainian KhMZ for 40 million rubles.
Oleksandr Reshetnyk, director of Avia FED Service, said in a comment to the publication that Ukrainian products that arrived at the company's address in 2022-2023 were purchased by his company earlier, in 2020-2021, and simply "lay abroad."
When asked how this is possible in the case of deliveries through Bakaytorg1, which was registered only a few months ago, he did not answer.
To recap, an indictment was sent to court against the ex-president of Motor Sich JSC Vyacheslav Boguslaev and the director of the Department of Foreign Trade of the enterprise, who are suspected of working for Russia.