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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check

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MOSCOW FOR NICKOLAS KATSAKIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC RS KOMC
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 05-050077022


1. This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2 - 4.

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests Post's assistance in conducting
a pre-license check on license 05-050077022 for the export of
ammunition components to Russia. Post is requested to
complete this Blue Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of
response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending and
future licenses involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for Request: Applicant has submitted this
application on two previous occasions, each being returned
without action. The first application (050053908) did not
sufficiently explain the provided end-use and the second
(050055208) was submitted with a new end-use that was not
supported by the documentation provided. The current
submission claims commercial re-sale as the end-use.
Considering the caliber and quantity of the ammunition
components as well as the previous submissions for these
items, the bona fides of this transaction and end-user should
be established.

4. Action Request: Post is requested to establish the bona
fides of Barnaul Cartridge Plant as a reliable recipient of
United States Munitions List (USML) articles. Post should
also determine the client-base of Barnaul Cartridge Plant to
whom the manufactured ammunition may be sold. The following
points are provided for guidance:

(To Barnaul Cartridge Plant)-- How long has your company been
in the business of importing and selling defense articles?
Are you familiar with the restrictions governing the import
of U.S. Munitions List (USML) commodities, in particular, the
prohibition of unauthorized re-export? Who are your regular
customers and where do they reside? Can you elaborate on the
specific end-use of these items? Does your company have any
purchase orders from any potential buyers for these items?
What use does your company have with such a high quantity of
ammunition components?

5. Details of license application:

DTC Case: 05-050077022

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

10,103,000 Components for Ammunition (cal .224 - .355)

License Value: USD $909,270

SELLER:

Hornady Manufacturing Co.
PO Box 1848
Grand Island, NE 68803

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Same as end-user.

FOREIGN END-USER:

Barnaul Cartridge Plant
28 Kulagina St.
656002 Barnaul
Russia

PURPOSE:

Commercial re-sale

6. Submitted in support of the license application were the
following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to Posts
upon request):

DSP-83 signed by Nikolay Stepanov on behalf of end-user and
Tonya Finck on behalf of US applicant. Dated Nov 27, 2007.

Explanation of Import Authorization from Russian Ministry of
Internal Affairs signed by AN Kiselev dated April 28, 2007
(ref # 42/1842)

Letter of Explanation from Hornady Manufacturing signed by
Greg Hanson

Letter of Explanation from Barnaul Cartridge Plant signed by
Nikolay Stepanov dated Nov. 16, 2007.

Invoice from Hornady Manufacturing dated June 26, 2007.

Purchase Order from Banaul Cartridge Plant dated August 20,
2007, signed by Yakov Altergot.

7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. POC is Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref) is
available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's E-Book
Collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

8. Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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