Russian equipment supplied to Ukrainian NPPs through Germany to evade sanctions, - DW

Source : 112 Ukraine

Since the beginning of 2015, two companies have been supplying Russian products to Ukraine: IEC Industrie Export GmbH, registered in Mainz, and Universal Baltic Group from Estonia - their business is managed from a joint Ukrainian office
12:00, 2 December 2020

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Equipment for Ukrainian nuclear power plants is supplied from Russia through companies registered in Germany and Estonia at inflated prices and in roundabout ways. Such information is provided in the material of Deutsche Welle, which was published today, on December 2.

Journalists claim that one of these Ukrainian intermediary companies is registered in the industrial zone on the outskirts of the German city of Mainz. Contact details of IEC Industrie Export GmbH are not available in the telephone directories of Germany, as well as the business in this country.

The company supplies reactor elements manufactured in Russia to Ukrainian nuclear power plants. And the profit from this business, as established by the DW investigation, should be sought not in Mainz, but in Switzerland.

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Over the past few years, IEC Industrie Export GmbH has won about 50 different tenders from the state-owned company Energoatom and its structural subdivisions, supplying products worth almost 400 million hryvnias (over 14 million dollars), according to the Prozorro public procurement system.

Investigators of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau suspect that IEC Industrie Export GmbH and Universal Baltic Group are part of a whole conglomeration of fictitious companies created by intermediaries in Ukraine and EU countries in order to supply products to Ukrainian NPPs. The total amount of losses of Energoatom from cooperation with this conglomerate is estimated at over 600 million hryvnias (21,1 million dollars).

As we reported earlier, there are grounds to suppose that well-known Austrian architectural firm Coop Himmelblau participates in the construction of the opera house in Sevastopol, which is located in occupied Crimea.

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