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Commerce Department identifies first Belarusian and more Russian aircraft exported to Belarus and Russia in violation of US export controls

Apr 15, 2022

The U.S. Commerce Department, through its Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), has publicly identified 10 additional aircraft in likely violation of U.S. export controls, including the first seven Belarusian owned/operated commercial aircraft identified since restrictions on Belarus were tightened via regulation effective on April 8, 2022. BIS is also updating the tail numbers of 32 planes already on the list to account for the planes’ purported re-registration in Russia. BIS has also authorized two planes to leave Russia and they will be removed from the list. The aircraft identified on the list have flown into Russia and/or Belarus in apparent violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

BIS is continuing its efforts to notify the public that providing any form of service to these aircraft requires authorization. Absent such authorization, any person anywhere—including within Belarus or Russia—risks violating the EAR and would be subject to BIS enforcement actions, which could include substantial jail time, fines, loss of export privileges, or other restrictions. By restricting these aircraft from receiving any service, for example including from abroad, international flights from Belarus or Russia on these aircraft are effectively grounded. This ongoing effort is part of BIS’s response to Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine, which Belarus has enabled and supported.

“Maintaining this list reinforces to Putin and his enablers that they are isolated from the world, and anyone who seeks to enable their aggression or flout our export controls, does so at their own peril,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “The Department of Commerce will continue to exercise our legal authorities and ensure this message remains clear. We will continue working with our allies and partners to cut Russia and Belarus off from the global economy to maximize pressure on Putin and his military operations.”

“Vladimir Putin and his enablers have made themselves pariahs as a result of their brutal violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. The Commerce Department, along with our growing coalition of allies and partners, will continue to ensure that they pay the price for the untold devastation they are wreaking upon the region and the people of Ukraine.” said Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves. “By rejecting the international rule of law, Russia and Belarus have made it clear that they do not deserve the benefits of participating in the global economy, and that includes international travel. So long as Russia continues this unwarranted assault, Commerce will continue to take consequential actions to hold them to account.”

“New restrictions on Belarusian aircraft were put in place just last Friday, and less than a week later we’re already telling the world that servicing specific Belarusian planes is a no go,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Matthew S. Axelrod. “As U.S. export controls continue to ratchet up given Russia’s continued brutal war in Ukraine, we will continue to swiftly and vigorously enforce them.”

Effective March 2, 2022, BIS imposed expansive and stringent controls on aviation-related items destined to Belarus, including for specified aircraft or aircraft parts, similar to those imposed on Russia on February 24, 2022. The March 2, 2022, rule also removed license exception availability for any aircraft registered in, owned, or controlled by, or under charter or lease by Russia or a national of Russia, thus imposing a license requirement for Russian owned/operated aircraft.

On April 8, 2022, BIS issued a rule that similarly removed license exception availability for any aircraft registered in, owned, or controlled by, or under charter or lease by Belarus or a national of Belarus, also imposing a license requirement for these Belarusian owned/operated aircraft. As a result, any aircraft manufactured in the United States, or that is manufactured in a foreign country and includes more than 25% U.S.-origin controlled content, is subject to a license requirement if such aircraft is destined for Belarus or Russia.

Since April 9, 2022, based on publicly available information, BIS has identified a number of commercial aircraft being reexported from third countries to Belarus, all of which are owned or controlled by, or under charter or lease to, Belarus or Belarusian nationals, and has listed those aircraft below (in bold). This is in addition to BIS’s on-going identification of Russian aircraft via public listing that have likely violated the EAR since March 2, 2022.

The list below has been updated (with additions in bold) and currently totals 153 aircraft with 146 Russian-owned/operated aircraft and seven Belarusian owned/operated aircraft. Accordingly, any subsequent actions taken with regard to any of the listed aircraft, including, but not limited to, refueling, maintenance, repair, or the provision of spare parts or services, are subject to the prohibitions outlined in General Prohibition Ten of the EAR (Section 736.2(b)(10)), which provides:

(10) General Prohibition Ten - Proceeding with transactions with knowledge that a violation has occurred or is about to occur (Knowledge Violation to Occur). You may not sell, transfer, export, reexport, finance, order, buy, remove, conceal, store, use, loan, dispose of, transport, forward, or otherwise service, in whole or in part, any item subject to the EAR and exported or to be exported with knowledge that a violation of the Export Administration Regulations, the Export Administration Act or any order, license, License Exception, or other authorization issued thereunder has occurred, is about to occur, or is intended to occur in connection with the item. Nor may you rely upon any license or License Exception after notice to you of the suspension or revocation of that license or exception. There are no License Exceptions to this General Prohibition Ten in part 740 of the EAR.

Please note this list is not exhaustive and the restrictions also apply in any situation in which a person has knowledge that a violation of the EAR has occurred, is about to occur, or is intended to occur in connection with an aircraft or other item that is subject to the EAR, whether or not such aircraft or other item is included on this list. This list will continue to be updated as circumstances warrant.

BIS has also updated the tail numbers of aircraft previously identified in the table below to reflect their purported re-registration in Russia (also in bold) and also modified the list to remove aircraft that have been authorized by BIS to leave Russia. Accordingly, the following aircraft have been removed from the list: VQ-BTK (Azur Air) and VP-BJR (Nordwind).

FULL LIST AS OF APRIL 14, 2022

Owner or Operator

Country

Tail Number

Serial Number

Aircraft Type

Abramovich, Roman

Russia

LX-RAY

6417

G650ER

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BFK / RA-73158

65308

777-300 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BMM / RA-73107

44439

737-8MC (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BWD / RA-73128

41211

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BON

41200

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BMB

41231

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BCD / RA-73093

41215

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BMO / RA-73108

41233

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BNC / RA-73109

41234

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BNP / RA-73110

44438

737-8MC (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BVP / RA-73122

41204

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BFC / RA-73141

65312

777-300 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BGB / RA-73140

41679

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BGC / RA-73139

41680

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BGD / RA-73138

41681

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BGF

41686

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BFL / RA-73146

65309

777-300 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BFN / RA-73143

65310

777-300 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BFO / RA-73142

65311

777-300 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BQB

41687

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BQC / RA-73130

41688

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BQD / RA-73131

41682

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BQE / RA-73132

41683

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BQF / RA-73133

41684

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BQG / RA-73134

41689

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BUA / RA-73135

41685

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BUB / RA-73144

41690

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BPF / RA-73113

44436

737-8MC (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BUC / RA-73145

41691

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BGI / RA-73097

41223

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BNQ / RA-73111

44432

737-8MC (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BWA / RA-73123

41207

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VQ-BWC / RA-73125

41210

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BPG / RA-73147

41693

777-3M0 (ER) (B77W)

Aeroflot

Russia

RA-73094

41216

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

RA-73104

44443

737-8MC (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

RA-73121

41203

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BCG / RA-73095

41217

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BGG / RA-73096

41222

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

VP-BGN / RA-73098

41225

737-8LJ (B738)

Aeroflot

Russia

RA-73105

44433

737-8MC (B738)

AirBridgeCargo

Russia

VQ-BGZ

37580

747-8HV(F) (B748)

AirBridgeCargo

Russia

VQ-BVR

60687

747-8HV(F) (B748)

AirBridgeCargo

Russia

VQ-BLR

37668

747-8HV(F) (B748)

AirBridgeCargo

Russia

VQ-BRH

37669

747-8HV(F) (B748)

AirBridgeCargo

Russia

VQ-BRJ

37670

747-8HV(F) (B748)

AirBridgeCargo

Russia

VQ-BLQ

37581

747-8HV(F) (B748)

AirBridgeCargo

Russia

VP-BBY

63781

747-83Q(F) (B748)

Aviastar-TU

Russia

VQ-BCB / RA-78003

27056

757-223(PCF) (B752)

Aviastar-TU

Russia

VQ-BKK / RA-73352

25731

757-223(PCF) (B752)

Aviastar-TU

Russia

VQ-BSX / RA-73354

27053

757-223(PCF) (B752)

Aviastar-TU

Russia

VQ-BBU / RA-73351

25696

757-223(PCF) (B752)

Aviastar-TU

Russia

VQ-BON / RA-73355

27054

757-223(PCF) (B752)

Alrosa

Russia

EI-FCH

32576

737-83N (B738)

Azur Air

Russia

VP-BLV

30043

757-28A (B752)

Azur Air

Russia

VQ-BEY

29382

757-2Q8 (B752)

Azur Air

Russia

RA-73030

24746

767-3Q8(ER) (B763)

Azur Air

Russia

VP-BIS

30045

757-2QB (B752)

Azur Air

Russia

VQ-BEZ

29377

757-2QB (B752)

Azur Air

Russia

VQ-BEN

28140

767-33A(ER) (B763)

Azur Air

Russia

VP-BYC

30338

757-231 (B752)

Azur Air

Russia

VQ-BQA

30044

757-2QB (B752)

Azur Air

Russia

VQ-BKB

26268

757-2QB (B752)

Azur Air

Russia

RA-73032

27614

767-306(ER)

Azur Air

Russia

RA-73034

27612

767-306(ER)

Azur Air

Russia

VP-BRA

27477

767-33A(ER) (B763)

Azur Air

Russia

VQ-BKF

26268

757-2QB (B752)

Azur Air

Russia

VP-BUX

24947

767-3Y0(ER) (B763)

Azur Air

Russia

VP-BUV

24745

767-3Q8(ER) (B763)

Azur Air

Russia

VQ-BZA

32728

777-31H(ER) (B77W)

Azur Air

Russia

VQ-BUO

27909

767-33A(ER) (B763)

Belavia

Belarus

EW-254PA

26294

737-3Q8 (B733)

Belavia

Belarus

EW-366PA

29058

737-31S (B733)

Belavia

Belarus

EW-455PA

61421

737-8ZM (B738)

Belavia

Belarus

EW-456PA

31422

737-8ZM (B738)

Belavia

Belarus

EW-457PA

61423

737-8ZM (B738)

Belavia

Belarus

EW-527PA

40877

737-82R (B738)

Belavia

Belarus

EW-544PA

35139

737-8K5 (B738)

Nordstar

Russia

VP-BKT / RA-73259

28871

737-33R (B733)

Nordwind

Russia

VP-BJL

32639

777-35E(ER) (B77W)

Nordwind

Russia

VP-BSC

40233

737-8KN (B738)

Nordwind

Russia

VP-BJH

28533

777-212(ER) (B772)

Nordwind

Russia

VQ-BJA

28520

777-212(ER) (B772)

Nordwind

Russia

VP-BJO

32640

777-35E(ER) (B77W)

Nordwind

Russia

VP-BSE

40236

737-8KN (B738)

Nordwind

Russia

VP-BJJ

32719

777-2Q8(ER) (B772)

Pegas Fly

Russia

RA-73272

27608

777-2Q8(ER) (B772)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BFB

41219

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BGQ

41227

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BGR

41228

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BOD

41238

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BOH

41244

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BQB

64862

737-8MC (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BQC

64863

737-8AL (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BQE

64864

737-8MC (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BQH

64866

737-8MC (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BQJ

64867

737-8MC (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BQM

64868

737-8MC (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VP-BQQ

64869

737-8MC (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VQ-BHC

41220

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VQ-BHD

41221

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VQ-BHQ

41226

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VQ-BHT

41235

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VQ-BHU

41229

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VQ-BHW

41241

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VQ-BWG

41205

737-8LJ (B738)

Pobeda

Russia

VQ-BWH

41206

737-8LJ (B738)

Rossiya

Russia

VP-BOB

41236

737-8LJ (B738)

Rossiya

Russia

VP-BOI

41224

737-8LJ (B738)

Rossiya

Russia

VP-BUS

44435

737-8MC (B738)

Rossiya

Russia

VQ-BPX

35278

737-8Q8 (B738)

Rossiya

Russia

VQ-BSR

33622

737-8AS (B738)

Rossiya

Russia

VQ-BSS

33602

737-8AS (B738)

Rossiya

Russia

VQ-BVU

41202

737-8LJ (B738)

Rossiya

Russia

VQ-BVV

41201

737-8LJ (B738)

Rossiya

Russia

VQ-BWJ

41212

737-8LJ (B738)

Rossiya

Russia

RA-73283

27100

747-446 (B744)

Rossiya

Russia

RA-73284

26360

747-446 (B744)

Rossiya

Russia

EI-XLE

26362

747-446 (B744)

Rossiya

Russia

EI-XLF

27645

747-446 (B744)

Rossiya

Russia

EI-XLH

27650

747-446 (B744)

Rossiya

Russia

EI-XLJ

27646

747-446 (B744)

Rossiya

Russia

EI-UNL

28515

777-312 (B773)

Rossiya

Russia

RA-73282

28516

777-312 (B773)

Rossiya

Russia

RA-73292

28531

777-312 (B773)

Royal Flight

Russia

VP-BGZ

30881

737-86J (B738)

Royal Flight

Russia

VQ-BTR

28171

757-28A (B752)

Royal Flight

Russia

VP-BRE

28149

767-3W0(ER) (B763)

S7 Airlines

Russia

VQ-BKV

37084

737-8ZS (B738)

S7 Airlines

Russia

VQ-BKW

37085

737-8ZS (B738)

S7 Airlines

Russia

VQ-BMG

41841

737-8LP (B738)

S7 Airlines

Russia

VQ-BRK

41708

737-8LP (B738)

S7 Airlines

Russia

VQ-BRQ

41710

737-8LP (B738)

S7 Airlines

Russia

VQ-BRR

41836

737-8LP (B738)

S7 Airlines

Russia

VQ-BVM

41400

737-8GJ (B738)

Utair

Russia

VQ-BJJ

29937

737-8AS(B738)

Utair

Russia

VQ-BQQ / RA-73089

37552

737-8GU (B738)

Utair

Russia

VQ-BQP / RA-73088

37553

737-8GU (B738)

Utair

Russia

VQ-BQR / RA-73090

36386

737-8GU (B738)

Utair

Russia

VP-BXY / RA-73037

27328

737-524 (B735)

Utair

Russia

RA-73048

29685

737-524 (B735)

Utair

Russia

RA-73081

30435

767-224(ER) (B762)

Utair

Russia

VQ-BJF / RA-73084

32778

737-8AS(B738)

Utair

Russia

VQ-BQS / RA-73091

36387

737-8GU (B738)

Utair

Russia

VP-BAI/ RA-73082

30437

767-224(ER) (B762)

Utair

Russia

VP-BAG

30435

767-224(ER) (B762)

Utair

Russia

RA-73035

27315

737-524 (B735)

Utair

Russia

RA-73067

28476

737-45S (B734)

Utair

Russia

RA-73044

28900

737-524 (B735)

Utair

Russia

RA-73061

28907

737-524 (B735)

Utair

Russia

RA-73063

27532

737-524 (B735)

Utair

Russia

RA-73045

28901

737-524 (B735)

Utair

Russia

RA-73049

28906

737-524 (B735)

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