Russia escapes Western sanctions through Kazakhstan

“OhThe numbers show that Kazakhstan is helping Russia avoid sanctions imposed by the West for invading neighboring Ukraine in February last year and waging a nearly 15-month war of aggression. Portal Vazhniye Istorii (IStories) in association with German weekly Der Spiegel.

“Since the start of the Russian invasion, imports of microelectronics from Kazakhstan have doubled,” the study reveals.

“According to the National Statistics Institute of Kazakhstan, in 2021, the country imported ‘microchips’ worth 35 million dollars (32.3 million euros, roughly the same as in previous years), and in 2022, these imports were more than 75 million dollars (69.3 million euros),” said Portal specific.

Vazhniye Istorii pointed out that Kazakh exports of “microchips” to Russia in 2021 will be “245,000 dollars (226,500 euros), and in 2022 already 18 million dollars (16.6 million euros)”.

In 2021, Kazakhstan’s National Institute of Statistics did not mention drones in its import and export report; In 2022, Kazakhstan imported five million dollars (4.6 million euros) worth of ‘drones’. and exports of $1.2 million (€1.1 million) of ‘drones’ to Russia”, the investigation highlighted.

According to the digital portal Vazhniye Istorii, the Kazakh company Aspan Arba sent more than 500 ‘drones’ to Russia in 2022, however, according to its profile, this type of equipment should be supplied to the steel industry, agriculture and emergency services. Kazakhstan.

The Kazakh company sent these ‘drones’ to the Russian company Nebesnaya Mekhanica (Celestial Mechanics), both linked by their respective directors, Ilya Goldberg and Mikhail Sapozhnikov, as the former owner of Nebesnaya Mekhanica, one of its founders. Aspan Arba, the second and, in turn, the director of the Kazakh company Saboshnikov, was previously a co-owner of the Russian company.

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According to import rounds revealed by Vazhniye Istorii, Chinese DJI ‘drones’ reaching the hands of the Russian military are acquired in China by the Dutch company DJI Europe BV, which exports them to Kazakhstan, from where they are sent to Russia.

For their part, the ‘microchips’ bought by German distributor Ellix-Sit from various European manufacturers follow a similar route to reach Russia via Kazakhstan.

Aware of the situation, the European Union (EU) today urged countries in Central Asia – including Kazakhstan – not to allow Russia to use their territories and institutions to evade Western sanctions and pledged support to mitigate the impact of the war on Moscow. Ukraine may be in its economy.

“Our aim is to weaken and eventually stop the Russian war machine. The EU takes sanctions evasion very seriously,” European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis announced at the II Forum EU-Central Asia Economic Conference. , held in Almaty.

The military offensive launched by Russia in Ukraine on February 24, 2022 has so far displaced more than 14.7 million people – 6.5 million internally displaced and more than 8.2 million to European countries – according to the latest UN data. The refugee crisis ranks as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945).

The UN presented 8,836 civilian deaths and 14,985 wounded as confirmed since the start of the war, which entered its 450th day today, underscoring that these numbers are much lower than the actual toll.

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