The Security Service of Ukraine detained Vyacheslav Boguslaev, the honorary president of the Motor Sich company, as well as the head of the Department of Foreign Economic Activities of this company on suspicion of treason.
This was reported by the SSU press service.
They were accused of collaborationism and aiding and abetting Russia (Article 111-1, Article 111-2 of the Criminal Code).
According to the investigation, the detainees were involved in a scheme to transfer military goods to the occupiers, including aircraft engines, for Russian attack aircraft. Thanks to this, the occupiers could repair and build Mi-8AMTSh-VN Sapsan helicopters, as well as attack Ka-52 Alligator and Mi-28N Night Hunter. These helicopters are currently fighting against Ukrainian troops.
The management of the Zaporizhzhia plant was involved in the scheme, and its officials acted in collusion with representatives of the Russian corporation Rostech close to the Kremlin. Commercial structures in three countries of the Middle East, Europe and East Asia were used to send the equipment. It was these companies that sent "orders" to the Ukrainian manufacturer allegedly for the needs of a foreign party, and after receiving the goods, the "intermediaries" transferred them to Russia. The enemy also used its foreign accomplices to repair and maintain aircraft using Ukrainian spare parts.
The SSU says that they have identified all those involved in the scheme.
- The Ukrainian enterprise Motor Sich JSC is one of the worldʼs leading corporations in the development, production, repair and service of aviation gas turbine engines for airplanes and helicopters. The enterprise is located in the Shevchenkivsky district of Zaporizhzhia.
- Vyacheslav Bohuslaev was a lawmaker from the Party of Regions for three convocations of the Council in a row. Since 1994, Bohuslaev was the chairman of the board, general director, chairman of the board of directors of Motor Sich until 2013. Then he became the honorary president of the enterprise.