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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Pre-License Check: Security

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DE RUEHMO #3838/01 2180845
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 060845Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2700
RHMFIUU/USCBP WASHINGTON DC
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS MOSCOW 003838

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/MHAMES/LRITTER
USDOC FOR 3150/USFCS/OIO/CEENIS/MCOSTA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP ETRD ETTC RS
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK: SECURITY
COMPANY FAKEL OST LTD., BALASHIKHA, MOSCOW REGION,
RUSSIA, D375526

REFTEL: USDOC 06129

1. Unauthorized disclosure of the information provided
below is prohibited by Section 12C of the Export
Administration Act.

2. Reftel requested a Pre-license check to determine
the legitimacy and reliability of the end-user,
Security Company Fakel Ost Ltd., Balashikha, Moscow
Region, Russia. The company is listed on BIS license
application D375526 as the ultimate consignee of ten
thermal-eye X200XP thermal imagers. These items are
controlled for national security and nuclear non-
proliferation reasons under ECCN 6A003. The licensee
is L3 Communications Infrared Products, 13532 North
Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75243.

3. On July 31, 2007, Export Control Attache Donald
Pearce and FSN Natalya Shipitsina conducted a pre-
license check at the offices of Security Company Fakel
Ost (SCFO) Ltd., 253, Nosovikhinskoe Shosse,
Balashikha, Moscow Region, Russia. The export control
team met with Aleksandr Pushkarsky, General Director
and Nikolay Konyukhov, Deputy General Director for
Security of the Savik Company.

4. The Savik Company founded SCFO in 2003 to provide
armed security services for the warehouse facility in
Balashikha. Savik is a Russian and German joint
venture specializing in motor oil distribution. Savik
is expanding its business to include warehousing
services for other clients, to include a high-value
storage facility currently under construction. SCFO
is tasked with providing 24-hour security to the
facilities. SCFO currently employs 42, and is
planning on tripling its staff over the next year to
cover the new facilities.

5. The Savik facility is located on a four-hectare
(10-acre) area of land bordering on undeveloped land
on two sides, and railroad tracks on the rear
exposure. The tall grass and trees in these areas
provides concealment for potential intruders to
conduct surveillance and evade capture upon escape.
SCFO has detected several intrusions from these areas
over the past year. Currently the company is
deploying one Thermal Imaging camera and a night-
vision device, but wishes to expand its operational
capabilities.

6. The Thermal imaging cameras will be used only at
the Savik facility. The company will train 10 of its
patrol officers to use the cameras. The duty officer
will issue the cameras to the incoming shift, and
account for their return at the end of tour.
Currently SCFO guards only the Savik facilities, but
may someday expand to provide security to other
warehouses or industrial organizations. SCFO is aware
of its responsibilities regarding the safeguarding and
appropriate end use of the thermal imagers.

7. The team was shown the duty officer's post, and was
allowed to view the security procedure for accessing
the safe. When not in use the cameras will be stored
in a locked cabinet within the firearms storage safe
in the security headquarters building. The building
is manned at all times, and has an electronic security
system with closed-circuit video. The safe alarm is
directly connected to the local Ministry of Internal
Affairs (Russian acronym MVD) Militsiya post. NOTE:
The MVD Militsiya is the primary law enforcement
organization of the Russian Federation, and provides
local police services. END NOTE. In order to access
the safe, the duty officer must first call the MVD
duty officer to advise that the safe will be accessed.
Failure to do so will result in an armed Militsiya
response. The team was also shown a Thermal Eye X200XP
thermal imaging camera, serial number 01579. The
camera was stored in the locked cabinet within the
safe.

8. Recommendations: Post recommends Security Company
Fakel Ost Ltd., Balashikha, Moscow Region, Russia, as
a reliable recipient of sensitive U.S. origin
commodities. It is requested that post be notified of
final disposition of the application, and of any


shipments for this organization in order to conduct
appropriate FCS follow-up and statistical reporting.
(FCS MOSCOW/SBOZEK/DPEARCE)
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