Amazing new Conflict Armament Research @conflictarm report on Russian weapons in the Donbas makes use of @C4ADS' Seamless Horizons data environment to find out how European components ended up in Russian UAVs in the Donbas

@conflictarm analyzed a UAV that was downed by Ukrainian forces in 2017 near Mariupol. It is similar to an Orlan-10, but not identical.

Interestingly, it was manufactured from Western European components — both authentic and counterfeit. But how did they end up in this UAV?

@conflictarm contacted the manufacturer of the engine, Weinhold GmbH.

"[Weinhold GmbH] indicated that it had sent the part
to World Logistic Group, a company based in
the Czech Republic, in October 2013."

CAR found World Logistic Group's record in the Czech business registry, along with its owners names and dates of birth.

They then matched these with Russian passport records in @C4ADS's Seamless Horizons — indicating that the company was Russian-owned

Most interestingly, CAR used @C4ADS data and other PAI to identify that a third director, who joined the company during the period it acquired the engine, was a member of the Russian security services

Specifically, this Russian individual was a member of the Public Council of the Main Directorate of Public Security of Moscow Region and of the Public Council of the Federal Penitentiary Service"

If you haven't checked out this report yet, I highly recommend it. @conflictarm is doing groundbreaking work to combine hands-on analysis of SALW and publicly available information to provide unique insights into arms flows.

(pls ignore that I messed up the numbering of this thread)
Revisiting this — better to characterize that the add'l director of WLG ас associated with Russian security agencies rather than a member of the services. More information on Moscow Oblast GURB here:

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