China's covert drone supply to Russia, evading sanctions: Molfar investigation
Artem Starosiek, Molfar investigation agency CEO, speaks about the schemes and training centers used by Russia and China to supply drones
He shared the information on Espreso TV.
"We have seen reports from volunteers that it has become much more difficult to buy drones, that Russia is buying out many drones. Meanwhile, China claims that they do not supply drones to Russia. We investigated how this happens and found a Russian register of certificates of conformity. That is, when people import drones into Russia, they must obtain a license. In this register, there were about 50 companies that had a certificate of conformity from Iflight, the manufacturer of Mavic drones," Starosiek explained.
According to him, most companies that import drones have opened training centers in Russia.
"These centers cooperate with the Russian National Guard and train the National Guard. They write that they will use drones in the Zaporizhzhia direction. There is a school located in the Wagner PMC building in St. Petersburg. They write that they are training pilots to fly DJI Mavic drones to kill Ukrainians. Russians are trying to remove the possibility of monitoring registers by changing the names of legal entities. And China is using a scheme of overloading in ports. They claim to be sending these drones to the United States, and then at sea they transfer the drones to other ships that are going to Russia," Starosiek added.
The US has imposed sanctions on more than 150 businesses and individuals involved in the supply of Western technologies and goods to Russia, including by evading sanctions.