Bulgarian and US companies are involved in arms smuggling
SOFIA, ($1=1.69 Bulgarian Levas) – In the port of Azov, eight Soviet tracked armored personnel carriers “MT-LB” [Multipurpose light armored vehicles], which a US company transported from Bulgaria to Belarus in transit through Russia, were arrested, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing an informed Interfax source.
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“Law enforcement officers arrested a large batch of MT-LB military tracked armored personnel carriers in the port of Azov, in total there were 20 tracked armored personnel carriers in the batch worth 5 million rubles, 8 of them were detained, 12 were let through by customs,” the source said.
The investigation and detention of the armored Russian equipment in the direction of Belarus took place earlier this month.
According to him, there were acts of demilitarization on the vehicles, but in reality, the equipment did not go through this procedure, the Bulgarian company entered data on the alleged work performed, and in turn, the carrier company registered in the United States submitted these false acts to confirm the legality of the transfer. military equipment.
The armored personnel carriers previously belonged to the Bulgarian army, however, due to Bulgaria’s entry into NATO, Soviet equipment was decommissioned. Military vehicles and spare parts were planned to be exported to Belarus, the source explained.
On the fact, a criminal case was initiated under Art. 226.1. PK [Smuggling of weapons and other military equipment].
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