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Russia: stolen planes? The Moscow purges

Secret services have searched the offices of the "Rosaviatsia" agency

The Russian Fsb (Federal Security Service) would have conducted a series of searches at the offices of the "Rosaviatsia" air transport agency (Fata, Federal Agency for Air Transport) in recent days, according to what reveal some national media. The investigation concerns the alleged theft of some aircraft which then ended up in the hands of Ukraine. And there are those who define it as an excuse to start a showdown. 

The FSB claims that the activities of "Rosaviatsiya", from March 2022 to June 2023, led to the illegal removal from the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation of 59 aircraft, 36 of which were sold abroad, including 8 units purchased from "hostile countries". Furthermore, Moscow's security service insists that "several illegally decommissioned aircraft have begun to help Ukraine", including Mil Mi-8 transport helicopters and Ilyushin Il-76 cargo planes. 

In detail, three rotary-wing aircraft were apparently fighting on the Ukrainian side, while some Il-76 transport aircraft "carried out flights with disabled transponders, which allow information on the routes to be hidden", or they were transporting weapons and military equipment on behalf of Kiev. At the moment there is no evidence, but the FSB (Federal Security Service) could soon find it, whether it is true or not.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency