Cablegate: Extrancheck: Post-Shipment Verification: Moscow State
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SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: POST-SHIPMENT VERIFICATION: MOSCOW STATE
UNIVERSITY OF RAILWAY ENGINEERING AND NPP ELIKS JSC, MOSCOW,
REFTEL: REQUEST #04210023; DATED: 06/23/2009
1. Unauthorized disclosure of the information provided below is
prohibited by Section 12C of the Export Administration Act.
2. Reftel requested a post-shipment verification to determine the
legitimacy and reliability of the end-user, Moscow State University
of Railway Engineering, Moscow, Russia and the foreign purchaser,
NPP ELIKS JSC, Moscow, Russia. The University is listed on BIS
license application D401431 as the ultimate consignee of one AWG5004
arbitrary waveform generator with options and accessories, 600 MS/S,
14BIT, 16M point and 4 channels. NPP ELIKS JSC is the distributor
in Russia. This item is controlled for national security and
anti-terrorism reasons. The licensee is Tektronix, Inc., 14200 SW
Karl Braun Drive, Beaverton, OR 97077.
3. On August 6, 2009, Commercial Attach Ilona Shtrom and LES
Natalya Shipitsina conducted the requested post-shipment
verification at the offices of Moscow State University of Railway
Engineering, 9, Obraztsova Street, Moscow, Russia. The export
control team met with Mr. Yevgeny Scherbina, Head of Laboratory,
Associate Professor and Mr. Petr Bestemyanov, Director, Department
of Telecommunication and Electrification.
4. Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT) was founded
in 1896 and currently has an annual budget of $35-45 million.
Currently, there are approximately 46,000 students enrolled in its
various programs across the Russian Federation; 12,000 of these
students are in Moscow.
5. The export control team was able to identify and view the
Tektronix AWG5004 Arbitrary Waveform Generator in the university
laboratory. The Serial number for the equipment was noted as
B010201; ID 00:00:72: AO:23:39; OI Key: 3XV9E-99TCC-RYZ3R-XCHRM.
The export control team noted that the lab has a lock with a key.
The key is available to two students and three university
professors. The UniversityQs property is only accessible by a key
card and closes at 10pm. When the export control team asked Mr.
Scherbina about how the Institute surpluses its equipment, we were
told that there is always use for equipment, no matter how old it
is, and nothing is ever removed from their inventory.
6. On August 6, 2009, the export control team also met with the
following representatives of NPP ELIKS JSC: Alexander Afonskiy,
President of Eliks Group, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine "Test &
Measuring Instruments and Systems" Professor of Bauman State
Technical University and Tatyana Afonskaya, Development Director.
7. ELIKS, a family-owned and operated business, located at 57-5,
Kashirskoe shosse, Moscow, Russia, was founded in 1992 and is a
supplier of testing and measuring instruments, soldering equipment
and industrial furniture in Russia. In addition to serving as a
distributor for Tektronix, the company also sells equipment
manufactured by U.S. companies Fluke and Keithley. Since 2000,
ELIKS has manufactured under its own brand name (Aktakom). The
company sells to a wide variety of end-users ranging from large
industrial enterprises, universities, scientific research institutes
to metrology and telecom organizations. The export control team
found the company to be well-prepared for the meeting and
well-informed on U.S. export controls and their obligations under
the EAR. ELIKS indicated they are aware of constraints such as the
prohibition on re-exporting U.S. items. Under their internal
technology control plan, when applicable, they request their
customers to sign an agreement to abide by these same constraints.
They also check USG lists such as the denied parties and entities
list. Mr. Afonskiy stated that if they are not comfortable with a
customer, they will not sell to them. ELIKS even provides its
customers with information on U.S. export controls on its website:
8. Recommendations: Post recommends Moscow State University of
Railway Engineering, Moscow, Russia, as well as NPP JSC ELIKS as
reliable recipients of sensitive U.S. origin commodities.