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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Pre-License Check: Russian

VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #0780 0811321
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 211321Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7241
RHMFIUU/US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS MOSCOW 000780

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

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

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP ETRD ETTC RS
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK: RUSSIAN
SATELLITE COMMUNICATION COMPANY (R.S.C.C.), MOSCOW,
RUSSIA, LICENSE NO. D392520

REFTEL: USDOC 01641


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,
Russian Satellite Communication Company (R.S.C.C.),
Moscow, Russia. The company is listed on BIS license
application D392520 as the ultimate consignee of four
transceivers. These items are controlled for national
security and nuclear non-proliferation reasons under
ECCN 3A001.A.2.C. The licensee is Thales Alenia Space
Italia Spa, Via Saccomuro, 24, Rome, Italy.

3. On March 21, 2008, Export Control Attache Peter
Liston and LES Natalya Shipitsina conducted the
requested pre-license check at the offices of Russian
Satellite Communication Company, 12/5, bld.7, Kursovoy
per., Moscow, Russia. The export control team met with
Natalya Nikolaeva, Deputy Director General for
Business Development and Evgeny Buydinov, Director
Investment Projects.

4. The Russian Satellite Communication Company (RSCC)
is a global satellite communication operator that was
founded in 1967. RSCC is registered at the
International Telecommunications Union (ITU),
cooperates on a long-term basis with Intelsat and
Eutelsat companies, as well as with Intersputnik - the
International satellite communications organization.

5. RSCC is a full-fledged member of the Asia-Pacific
Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) and World
Teleport Association (WTA), is a member of the
operator council of the Regional Communications
Commonwealth (RCC) and is the founder of the National
Satellite Communications Assembly (NSCA).

6. In terms of satellite capacity, RSCC belongs to the
ten largest world satellite communications operators
with its share in the satellite communications market
being 80%.

7. RSCC operates only commercial satellites and is not
involved in any military projects and builds
satellites only for the Russian Federation. RSCC has
approximately 200 employees working in three offices
within Moscow and operates 6 ground control stations
throughout the Russian Federation comprising a work
force nearing 1000 and is 100% GOR owned.

8. Export Team Moscow did not detect any problems with
businesses affiliated with the subject firm and the
commodity in reftel is consistent with the subject's
business.

9. Recommendations: Post recommends Russian Satellite
Communication Company (RSCC), Moscow, Russia, as
reliable recipients 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/BBLECHER/PLISTON)
RUSSELL

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