US adds Rossiya, Abramovich’s B787 to sanctions list


The United States Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added Rossiya (FV, St. Petersburg) as the fifth Russian airline subject to an export denial order and thus prohibiting any company, US-based or otherwise, from selling US-produced goods and services to the carrier.

“Our powerful coordination with our international partners is cutting off Russia’s ability to acquire the parts and inputs it needs to sustain its military aggression, and today’s action furthers the enforcement efforts necessary to ensure those restrictions are complied with. Today’s Temporary Denial Order (TDO) on Rossiya is another strong message to Putin’s government that the US will remain vigilant and will not hesitate to use our law enforcement tools against Russian companies and individuals that violate the law,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Alan Estevez.

The BIS previously issued similar orders covering Aeroflot, Azur Air, UTair, and Aviastar-TU. The TDOs are more far-reaching than the general sanctions, which prohibit the sale of any aviation-related goods and services to Russia. Any third-country entity found dealing with any of the airlines under the TDO can also be subject to sanctions.

Rossiya is fully consolidated within the state-owned Aeroflot Group, although the regional government of St. Petersburg controls a blocking minority stake of 25% plus one share.

The BIS also updated its list of aircraft found to violate US sanctions on Russia, with a single B787-8(BBJ), P4-BDL (msn 37306), which is operated on behalf of oligarch Roman Abramovich. It is the second Abramovich aircraft to be added to the BIS list (which otherwise covers aircraft once leased to Russian airlines and subsequently expropriated by them following the imposition of sanctions, including 18 aircraft operated by Rossiya), after Gulfstream G650ER LX-RAY (msn 6417).



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