Two Finnish companies are suspected of exporting drones and other military products estimated to be worth more than three million euros to Russia, violating EU sanctions, Finnish customs said on Tuesday (5 December). "There are a total of six suspects ... one of whom has been detained since September," the customs agency said in a statement.
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Some 3500,<> drones have reportedly been delivered to Russia. In the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, drones have been widely used, especially for reconnaissance and delivery of explosives. Exports also included microcontrollers, semiconductors, and defense equipment designed to stop drones. The export had been approved for another country, but the equipment was eventually smuggled into Russia, the authorities suspect.
In the case of anti-drone equipment, for example, the authorization had been given for Kazakhstan. One of the companies oversaw the purchase of the sanctioned goods, and the other routed the goods to Russia, according to Finnish customs. The investigation will be handed over to a prosecutor in December. Following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, the European Union imposed twelve packages of sanctions on the Russian state, targeting key oil and gas exports, as well as military technology and equipment.