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

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TO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 4180
INFO RUEHYG/AMCONSUL YEKATERINBURG 1798
RUETIAA/DIRNSA FT GEORGE G MEADE MD
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC
RHMCSUU/FBI WASHINGTON DC 6306
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHINGTON DC 5907

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 101639

SIPDIS
MOSCOW FOR BENDICT WOLF
MOSCOW FOR NICK KATSAKIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC RS
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 050188541

REF: YEKATERINBURG 39

1. This is an Action Request. See paragraph 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 050188541 for the export of
bullet tips 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: A previous Blue Lantern found that
this end-user imports bullets on behalf of other individuals
in Russia (REFTEL). The previous license was for 24,000
reloading bullets and has not yet been exhausted. This
license is for 54,000 bullet tips. This request is to get
specific details on the ultimate end-use of these bullet tips.

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4. Action Request: Post is requested to contact Vasiliy
Volovod to obtain answers to the questions below. Post is
also requested to inquire with appropriate Russian officials
to determine if Vasiliy Volovod is authorized to provide
and/or sell ammunition components to individuals in Russia
(NOTE: Another site visit is not/not required).

(To Vasiliy Volovod)

--According to the last Blue Lantern check, you import
bullets for yourself and your friends. Please provide a list
of end-users of this ammunition.

--In order to verify the personal use of these bullet tips,
please provide the makes and models of the firearms with
which you intend to use these bullets.

--Why are you seeking 54,000 bullets tips on this license if
the previous license is yet to be exhausted?

--You stated that, on average, you use 300-400 rounds of
ammunition per month. On average, how many rounds of
ammunition does each of your friends use per month?
Collectively, how many rounds of ammunition do you and your
friends use per month?

--Given this volume of ammunition, are you selling ammunition
commercially?

--Is all the ammunition to be used domestically in Russia for
sport shooting/hunting? Is any being re-exported? Are you
aware of prohibition against unauthorized re-export of
US-origin defense articles?

(To appropriate Russian authorities)

--Is Vasiliy Volovod authorized to provide ammunition and/or
ammunition components to other individuals in Russia?

In its reply, Post may also comment on any other information
pertinent to these transactions such as security of
facilities, end-use, and concerns about the entities involved.

5. Details of license applications:

DTC Case: 050188541

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

20,000 Hornady Bullet Tips, .30 Caliber

6,000 Hornady Bullet Tips, .22 Caliber

2,000 Hornady Bullet Tips,.243 Caliber

2,000 Hornady Bullet Tips,.375 Caliber

20,000 Sierra Bullet Tips, .30 Caliber

4,000 Sierra Bullet Tips, .22 Caliber


STATE 00101639 002 OF 002


License Value: USD $14,340

SELLER:

ABF Inc
4055 West Dartmouth Ave
Denver, CO 80236
Tel: 720-231-7391

FOREIGN END-USER:

Vasiliy Volovod
Pereulok Zvonkiy 12 KV 43
Ekaterinburg 620024
Russia
Tel: 7-902-44-56-847

PURPOSE:

For hunting and recreational shooting

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

Purchase Order from Vasiliy Volovod signed by Vasiliy Volovod
dated 09/05/2009

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 on Intellipedia:
http://www.intelink.gov/wiki/
Blue Lantern End-Use Monitoring Program

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

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