Ex-head of Ukrainian defense enterprise Znamya, Yuriy Soloshenko, convicted in Russia for espionage, was arrested while trying to buy parts for s-300, said the Federal security service of Russia on Wednesday.
The Moscow city court sentenced 73-year-old accused in 6 years of colony of strict regime. According to the defense, the man fully admitted his guilt and will not appeal the sentence.
"Soloshenko was arrested by employees of FSB of the Russian Federation in the last month of summer 2014 in the capital of Russia at attempt of illegal acquisition of classified components for the s-300 systems. He acted on behalf of the entity "Generator" (Ukraine) and the Corporation " the Sky of Ukraine ", planned to acquire the products were intended for the reconstruction of air defense of Ukraine ", - said in the release.
according to the FSB, this is not the 1st case of suppression by the security authorities of attempts of Ukrainian citizens to purchase in the Russian Federation and export smuggled military products.
for example, in early winter 2014 from Russia was expelled a citizen of Ukraine Denis Danchenko, who arrived in the Russian capital for illegal acquisition of the secret klystrons and magnetrons to s-300 and " Buk-M1 ".
Family ZRK s-300 is considered one of the most powerful defence systems in the world. At location s-300 developed the newest system With-400, capable of firing new missiles, and to use the ammunition of his predecessor.