Germany's General Prosecutor has accused on 8 October 2020 the managing director of a company based in southern Germany, to have sold machine tools for a total price of ca. EUR 8 million from January 2016 to January 2018 to a state-owned arms group which manufactures missile systems for the Russian army and exported them in seven deliveries to the Russian Federation.
The Russian embargo Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 prohibits the provision of any economic resources to this group. To deceive the German export control authorities, sham recipients were specified. The defendant submitted applications for export licences in which he had simulated a civil end use of the goods by submitting false end-use certificates of the alleged final recipients. The exported machinery is listed as a dual-use good in Annex I of the EC Dual-Use Regulation. Since July 2014, both the sale and the export of such listed goods to the Russian Federation have been prohibited under the Embargo Regulation (EU) No. 833/2014 if these goods are or may be intended, in their entirety or in part, for military purposes or for a military end-user. The company director was arrested in February 2020 and has been in custody since then.
A second person is accused to have advised and assisted in those transactions in relation to the exports he has initiated and promoted. He maintained contacts with the recipients of the above-mentioned deliveries and was also present at meetings at which the concrete handling of the transactions was discussed. For his activities, he received commission payments which were paid to a company controlled by him as agreed.
The court trial will take place at Hamburg's Staatsschutzsenat in the coming months.
Source: Press Release 8 Oct 2020