Skip to comments.Russia charges Chinese man with smuggling military equipment
Posted on 07/08/2011 10:24:55 AM PDT by cunning_fish
CHITA, July 8 (RIA Novosti) Customs authorities in Russia's Far East have launched a criminal case against a Chinese citizen who attempted to smuggle spare parts for Russian MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters last year, a customs' spokesperson said on Friday. The man, whose identity has not been revealed, was caught at one of the border checkpoints in Transbaikal region in July last year. Customs officials found six stepping motors, two piston pumps, 54 connectors, an elapsed-time meter and other parts in the trunk of his car. "It took experts from the Defense Ministry almost a year to prove that the confiscated equipment is part of assembly kits for MiG-29 and Su-27 fighter jets," Yulia Philipova said. "A criminal case has been opened," she said. It is the second attempt by Chinese nationals to smuggle spare parts for fighter jets from Russia in the past three years. A Chinese man was detained at the same border checkpoint in 2009 while trying to smuggle power supply circuits for Su-27s. China is notorious for producing copycat versions of military equipment from all over the world. Russia has accused China of producing its own clones of some Russian-made weaponry, including the Su-27SK fighter jet, in violation of intellectual property agreements.
I suspect that in Russia, the penalty for doing this kind of thing is a little more severe, and may go well beyond the official sentence.
And we think our southern neighbor is a problem!