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

VZCZCXRO8062
RR RUEHYG
DE RUEHYG #0069 2960943
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 230943Z OCT 09
FM AMCONSUL YEKATERINBURG
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1379
INFO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 1022
RUEHYG/AMCONSUL YEKATERINBURG 1416

UNCLAS YEKATERINBURG 000069

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR PM/DTTC BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
MOSCOW FOR NKATSAKIS

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

REF: A) STATE 101639 B) YEKAT 39

1. As requested Ref A, Yekaterinburg Pol/Econ officer asked
Vasiliy Volovod the questions in para 4. His answers (keyed to
the questions) were:

--End users of the ammunition are:
Vasiliy Volovod
Dmitriy Terentiev
Andrei Lebedev
Andrei Kochegarov
Vyacheslav Skulin
Sergey Lubimov
Sergei Shiyanov
Andrei Kniazev

--Firearms used are the following:
Tikka T3 Varmint .308 Win
Tikka T3 Super Varmint .243
Blazer R93 Varmint .308
Tikka T3 Lite .9.3x62
Los-7 .30-06
CZ-527 .223 Rem

--The previous order dealt with Berger bullets. Now we are
ordering Hornady and Sierra bullets produced by different
manufacturers.

--Each shooter uses about 200-300 rounds of ammunition per
month. A team uses about 2,000 rounds of ammunition monthly.
The license is valid for several years and the bullets will be
used within this period of time.

--The bullets will not be re-sold or used for commercial
purposes.

--All bullets will be used domestically in Russia strictly for
sport shooting and hunting. They will not be used for any other
purposes. They will not be re-exported.

--I am aware of the prohibition against unauthorized re-export
of US-origin defense articles. I treat those laws with respect.

2. A check with Russian authorities indicates that Volovod does
have authorization to import ammunition and/or ammunition
components and provide them to other individuals in Russia.

3. Post notes that both target shooting and hunting are popular
sports in this region of Russia. If you have further questions,
please contact Pol/Econ officer Carol Trimble
(trimblec.a.state.gov).

SANDUSKY

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