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    (Reuters) - Two more gas turbines appear to have been delivered to Russian-controlled Crimea, according to two Reuters reporters who saw the equipment at the port of Feodosia, potentially deepening a row over sanctions compliance in which Germany's Siemens has become embroiled.

    Reuters has no independent confirmation the equipment on the dock was Siemens-made turbines. It comprised four cylindrical objects, several meters long, and covered with blue and gray tarpaulins.

    Their dimensions and shape match publicly-available photographs of Siemens gas turbine systems, which each consist of two major components: the turbine itself and a generator.

    Siemens said earlier this week that at least two of a total of four turbines it sold to Russian state firm Technopromexport had been delivered to Crimea against its wishes and without its knowledge. Russia seized the region from Ukraine in 2014 and it is now subject to European sanctions on energy technology.

    The German company filed a lawsuit against Technopromexport in Moscow on Tuesday requiring it to return the turbines to their original destination, Taman, Munich-based spokesman Wolfram Trost said.

    Taman, in southern Russia, is not subject to sanctions.

    On Wednesday, Yashar Azad, a spokesman for Siemens at its Bavarian headquarters, said the company was still trying to establish all the facts, including the location of the two other turbines and had nothing to add to its previous statements.

    Technopromexport, the Russian state company building the Crimean power plants, and Russia's energy ministry, declined to comment.

    Asked if the pieces of equipment at the port were Siemens turbines, a government official in Crimea told Reuters: "Come on, we can't talk about that. You understand: sanctions, Siemens."

    "Of course, this whole story is going to come out, but let it come out without us," said this source, who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

    If the equipment seen by Reuters reporters at the quayside in Feodosia are Siemens-made, it would show that Russia is pressing ahead with its plan despite the Siemens lawsuit and a warning this week from the German government that the use of Siemens turbines in Crimea could harm future German investment in Russia.

    The turbines affair has shone a harsh spotlight on how serious the European Union, its member states, and European companies are about enforcing the sanctions, imposed on Russia after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

    Siemens said on Monday it did everything possible to ensure compliance with sanctions.
    More: Exclusive: Russia appears to deliver more turbines to Crimea - Reuters witnesses | Reuters


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    (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that gas turbines being installed in Crimea were of Russian origin after German engineering firm Siemens said earlier this week that two of its turbines had been delivered there against its wishes and without its knowledge.

    Russia seized the region from Ukraine in 2014 and it is now subject to European sanctions on energy technology.

    When asked about the row with Siemens, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters:

    "We do not have anything to add to what we have said earlier. Equipment related to the power sector is indeed being installed there (in Crimea). The equipment being installed there is of Russian origin."

    Siemens has filed a lawsuit against Russian state firm Technopromexport requiring it to return the turbines to their original destination in southern Russia, which is not subject to sanctions.

    (Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn)
    Kremlin says turbines being installed in Crimea are of Russian origin | Reuters

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    Well, this is interesting:

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities have detained the chief executive of Russian electricity turbine maker Power Machines on suspicion of attempted divulgence of state secrets, TASS news agency reported on Thursday citing a law enforcement source.

    Power Machines is controlled by Russian steel tycoon Alexei Mordashov and has a joint venture with Germany's Siemens which has come under scrutiny because of a disputed turbine delivery to Crimea.

    No charges have been brought against Roman Filippov, the CEO of Power Machines, yet, TASS reported. It was not immediately clear if his detention was linked to the Crimea turbine affair.

    Interfax news agency cited an unidentified source as saying Filippov was questioned as part of a criminal case into the dissemination of a state secret and released.

    Power Machines and a spokeswoman for Mordashov declined to comment. Filippov's mobile phones were switched off when Reuters tried to reach him on Thursday night.
    Russia detains CEO of turbine maker Power Machines: report | Reuters

    Mordashov

    He is one of Russia's biggest oligarchs, with a net worth of $12.7 billion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Mordashov

    This is his yacht

    Russia’s richest billionaire Alexei Mordashov’s incredible £40million Lady M ‘super yacht’ dwarfs fishing boats as it arrives at Whitehaven

    He is not the richest. But, a VERY rich and powerful man indeed. One of his people being hauled in for questioning... Very, very curious...

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    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia outfoxed European Union sanctions by delivering gas turbines made by Germany's Siemens to the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea. Now for the hard part, switching them on.

    No Russian company, according to Reuters data, has ever got a Siemens turbine working without the help of the manufacturer.

    In this case, Siemens said the turbines were shipped to Crimea behind its back and is refusing to be involved, leaving Moscow to work out how to start them up to fulfill President Vladimir Putin's promise to give Crimea a stable power supply.

    Siemens has filed a lawsuit against its Russian customer over the delivery of the turbines to Crimea and says it will do everything in its power to block their installation and commissioning.

    If Russia can somehow get the turbines operating at the two new power plants under construction, having already irked Europe by delivering them, it will again demonstrate its ability to thumb its nose at the sanctions.

    Ten industry specialists who spoke to Reuters said starting up the turbines without engineers from Siemens or its partners would be a tough test of the country's engineering resourcefulness, fraught with technical problems, expensive and a legal minefield.

    "Without Siemens it will be very hard to do it," said an industry source.

    But the majority of the specialists said it can be done -- even if it has never been attempted before.
    Much more here: Russia will struggle to turn on Siemens turbines in sanctions-bound Crimea

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    Germany’s flagship manufacturing firm Siemens has suspended cooperation with Russian state companies following reports that its electricity turbines were delivered to Crimea, in violation of European Union sanctions.

    In an online statement published Friday, Siemens said Russia had “illegally moved to Crimea against clear contractual agreements” four gas turbines the firm delivered for a project on the Russian mainland in Taman.

    Siemens said it is pressing charges against the Russian contractor, Technopromexport (TPE).

    The German company also said it is suspending deliveries of power generation equipment to Russian state companies, terminating a license agreement with Russian companies for the supply of equipment for power stations, and divesting a minority interest in the Russian company, Interautomatika.

    The Reuters news agency reported several weeks ago that Siemens-made turbines had been used in the construction of two power plants on the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in March 2014. The power plants are seen as crucial to reduce Crimea’s dependence on power supplies from Ukraine.

    Reuters said at the time the delivery might have taken place without Siemens’ knowledge, which the company has since confirmed.

    Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday declined to comment on Siemens' announcement.

    "This is a matter for the companies involved, and dialogue and cooperation will continue along those lines," he said.
    Siemens Cuts Ties With Russian State Companies Over Crimea Breach

    2018 Presidential Election coming up. For Putin - more important to fulfil all the promises he made to the people in Crimea; than any commitments with Siemens

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    The story is amazing.

    The guy hauled in for questioning over divulging state secrets. By doing that Moscow blatantly admits to breach of contract with Siemens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Exclusive: Siemens turbines delivered to Crimea despite sanctions - sources

    haha Exactly as I figured would happen...

    Taman is just across the Krech Straight from Crimea.

    There is also the port city of Novorossiysk, in Southern Russia, also not far from Crimea, and which has reportedly now become a huge hub for bringing all kinds of sanctioned and banned stuff in and out of Crimea: Crimea: Circumventing Trade Sanctions via Novorossiysk | EurasiaNet.org

    The sanctions ain't gonna do shit
    This has to do with foreign trade zone violations; expect every shipment going to the Crimea to be seized going forward.

    This is NOT something to play with, the enforcement of this is world wide, there are NO countries who are not complying with this,

    Smuggling is what Russia did; so you think that Siemens will get off scot free on this? don't bet on it.

    Siemens who had their corporate headquarters raided five years ago, and all financials seized, is still reeling from that event, this cements more nefarious activities among their corporate leaders,

    Another one in the fray as a result of Siemen's violation, SAP; and SAP is world wide.

    Remember, sanctions are one thing, violation of foreign trade zone policy, that's whole different kettle of fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by res View Post
    The story is amazing.

    The guy hauled in for questioning over divulging state secrets. By doing that Moscow blatantly admits to breach of contract with Siemens.
    He wasn't jailed, I read; but was fired, in the end. Indeed, fascinating...

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    This has to do with foreign trade zone violations; expect every shipment going to the Crimea to be seized going forward.

    This is NOT something to play with, the enforcement of this is world wide, there are NO countries who are not complying with this,

    Smuggling is what Russia did; so you think that Siemens will get off scot free on this? don't bet on it.

    Siemens who had their corporate headquarters raided five years ago, and all financials seized, is still reeling from that event, this cements more nefarious activities among their corporate leaders,

    Another one in the fray as a result of Siemen's violation, SAP; and SAP is world wide.

    Remember, sanctions are one thing, violation of foreign trade zone policy, that's whole different kettle of fish.

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    "SAP"?

    This one?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAP_SE

    I don't understand... This SAP makes software, it says, what does that have to do with this?

    I do agree this was a flagrant, brazen violation.

    But, as far as shipping to Crimea, again, it doesn't matter, since nobody ships directly to Crimea anymore, it all goes to Novorossiysk, mostly, and from there, various middlemen can get your stuff to Crimea, by truck, or train, on the ferry. More expensive, of course. But, it works, so far...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    He wasn't jailed, I read; but was fired, in the end. Indeed, fascinating...



    "SAP"?

    This one?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAP_SE

    I don't understand... This SAP makes software, it says, what does that have to do with this?



    I do agree this was a flagrant, brazen violation.

    But, as far as shipping to Crimea, again, it doesn't matter, since nobody ships directly to Crimea anymore, it all goes to Novorossiysk, mostly, and from there, various middlemen can get your stuff to Crimea, by truck, or train, on the ferry. More expensive, of course. But, it works, so far...
    SAP, another embarrassment for Germany:

    https://www.treasury.gov/resource-ce.../20140630.aspx
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