What does the attempt of Russians illegally buy a turbine in the USA


Despite the declared success in import substitution, Western sanctions are beginning to take effect. At the same time, attempts to circumvent restrictions by some Russian companies look rather clumsy and harshly suppressed by the American supervisory authorities.


One of the obvious goals of US sectoral sanctions was to halt or seriously slow down Russia's expansion in the Arctic. The key equipment used for drilling and production in the harsh conditions of the Far North, we have foreign production. Unfortunately, restrictive measures on the part of the West have already begun to make themselves felt.

Prior to the imposition of sanctions, Russia managed to launch development in only one Arctic oil field, Prirazlomnoye. Industrial production began in December 2013. In the past few years, bad people constantly come from the Prirazlomnaya platform news: work is regularly stopped due to the need for a serious repair of wear equipment. An American-made Vectra-40G gas turbine, which is necessary for the operation of gas compressors, is also used on the Russian platform. A similar turbine will be featured in our future narrative, which takes place far from the Arctic.

The Vectra-40G plant is located in the US, Texas, but is owned by the German concern Siemens. Despite the foreign owner, this equipment was included in the sanction lists of the US Department of Justice, and is prohibited from being delivered to Russia. On the eve of the state of Georgia, a whole group was detained, which includes two Russians, an American and Italians. Local law enforcement officers are charged with their intention to acquire the Vectra-40G turbine and resell to Russia through a small chain of intermediaries.

The US Department of Justice said:

The evidence in this case established the intention of the Russian company to use Vectra on the Russian deep-water drilling platform in the Arctic.


It is possible that somehow it really was. The detained Russian Oleg Nikitin runs KS Engineering, a company that professionally supplies specialized equipment for construction and mining. It is possible that he had a certain order for the American gas turbine, necessary for the repair of Prirazlomnaya.

Well, since import substitution did not work out, you have to somehow get out. But the primitiveness of the scheme is immediately evident. Initially, the turbine was acquired by the American company World Mining and Oil Supply (WMO), which immediately resold it to the Italian GVA International Oil and Gas Services (GVA), which, in turn, intended to sell it to a Russian company, but got caught. The fact that all participants in the chain were up to date can be evidenced by the overpriced cost of one turbine - 17,3 million dollars. All three parties to the deal were detained; he was charged with a “bunch” of serious charges.

The story is very instructive if we draw the right conclusions from it.

At first, it is necessary to intensify the work on import substitution of key equipment, approaching the work comprehensively. It would be nice to invest the funds of the National Welfare Fund in their own R&D and industrial development, rather than bring them abroad to “high-yield foreign assets”, as our liberals in the government want.

Secondly, for the transitional period of the operation to acquire sub-sanction equipment and of technologies It is worth passing from the hands of amateurs, whom we stand with in any important matter, to professionals. Recall that in the USSR, which was under sanctions, there was a specialized State Committee for Science and Technology (SCST), which dealt with similar issues.

If it is left to chance, then more and more will “pour in”.
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  1. OXOTHuK Sakha Offline OXOTHuK Sakha
    OXOTHuK Sakha (Blockchain Blockchainov) 5 December 2019 12: 56
    -1
    The laws of other states must be respected.
    After all, they knew that if they got caught, then they would have a lid.
    1. Nick Offline Nick
      Nick (Nikolai) 5 December 2019 15: 24
      -4
      Quote: OXOTHuK Sakha
      The laws of other states must be respected.
      After all, they knew that if they got caught, then they would have a lid.

      The article is the author’s speculation and fiction. No need to draw conclusions on speculation.
    2. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
      Pishenkov (Alexey) 5 December 2019 17: 08
      +4
      After all, they knew that if they got caught, then they would have a lid.

      - did not know. Didn't even think. They simply hoped to cook or, in the worst case, not to cook ... they had nothing in their heads about any imprisonment for this ... They were used to doing "business" in the "inhuman and cruel" RF, and not in the democratic and free USA ... they thought that if something like that works at home, then there will be a lafa in the West, but it won't ...
    3. Victor N Offline Victor N
      Victor N (Victor n) 6 December 2019 16: 49
      0
      Absolutely EVERYONE who is in business is at great risk. So what?! This is a normal situation: if you break the law, you get caught. Or bankrupt. This is not for you to "sit on a budget." Therefore, desperate guys who are worthy of some respect for the fact itself go into business. Who disagrees - try it yourself. Even with luck, the loads are frantic, few can withstand for a long time.
      There is such a fairly strict science - PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION, which determines when it is advisable to produce ourselves, and when it is better to buy ready-made. Those who have not studied are better off sinning with advice: they do not like amateurs, they can greatly offend or cruelly ridicule them.
  2. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 5 December 2019 14: 04
    +6
    Well, yes, somehow too amateurishly, with a frivolous approach - "for the hapok" and "at random" these speculators did it ?!
    I agree with the esteemed Author of the Article that it is necessary to PROFESSIONALLY invest budgetary funds in organizing the design and production of such domestic turbines, albeit at first according to foreign prototypes (I don’t urge to “pirate”, bypass patents and CREATIVELY recycle in order to use, key technical solutions are always possible - I say this, as a fairly experienced designer and technologist, at one time a lot of personally "rummaged" in such imported equipment, including mining).
    The organizational and technical difficulties associated with any production are frightened only mentally by non-professional officials, who are very far from the real thing, the so-called "effective managers"!
    As a rule, those who grab for themselves (and the godfathers brought with them - "bosses") for salaries and "bonuses" most of the allocated "for the development of" budget funds, and for designers and workers who create machines and mechanisms necessary for the state, leaving only a "living minuscule" and naively believing that they are forced to work (in order to somehow survive) for a mocking beggarly salary and with a boorish "capitalist attitude" towards them - like, "we do not hold anyone who does not like it - go away, we have under the fence of a crowd of people willing to your the place is standing ", specialists will (even if they burn with a creative spark and love their job - like any real professional!) give all their best, seeing such incompetent (but for some reason hyper-paid by the state - about all sorts of" family "private enterprises with" family ties "do not speak ??!)" hand washing "grabbers" over themselves "?! smile

    But the creation and production of their own turbines, such as this one (radial assembly - in the picture), will drag the creation along (it would be ALREADY FOREVER PROMISED ?! winked ), in many Russian cities and towns, tens of thousands of skilled jobs in science and education, mechanical engineering and metallurgy, instrument making and machine tool building, mining, ... - here is the training of engineers and workers, the design of the turbine and all its structural elements, start-up and control and fuel equipment, calculation of optimal parameters of operation and cross-sections of internal channels and chambers, profiles of turbine wheel blades and guide vanes, creation of technology for obtaining parts (for example, "single-crystal growing" of blade blanks and their processing is generally a very high-tech industry, comprehensively driving engineering technology and the general progress of technology!) and their assembly, metal for housings and all filling, high-precision bearings, high-performance tools and precision measuring instruments, creation of test benches and dynamic balancing methods, and even related production of hardware, gaskets and fittings s ... and a huge set of interesting scientific, technical and production, transport and logistics, too, tasks - thousands and thousands of Russian workers and engineers with their families (and the accompanying "growth of demography" and welfare, not to mention the development of infrastructure and housing fund in the communities involved!) would find a secure job for life, and many thousands at this time would be prepared for this by a specialized system of professional and special education ...
    The state of the Russian Federation would receive a powerful impetus for all-round development and a huge technical potential, including export, and would dispose of turbines of its own production, as it wanted, and would not pity and humiliately depend on the isolated successes of some left-wing "firm" speculators! yes
    1. NordUral Offline NordUral
      NordUral (Eugene) 6 December 2019 12: 47
      0
      With this, no development of the country is necessary except oil and gas and other raw materials, it is time to understand this already. A few screwdrivers with the prospect of a sudden disappearance, like the Ford factory in Vsevolozhsk near Leningrad - that’s all.
    2. Vkd dvk Offline Vkd dvk
      Vkd dvk (Victor) 6 December 2019 20: 52
      -1
      I agree 100%. Sorry, no longer possible.
  3. Nick Offline Nick
    Nick (Nikolai) 5 December 2019 15: 26
    -5
    Article fake. What are you speaking about? The article does not cite any facts.
  4. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
    Pishenkov (Alexey) 5 December 2019 16: 49
    +6
    ... operations for the acquisition of sub-sanctional equipment and technologies should be transferred from the hands of amateurs, whom we stand for in any important business, to professionals

    - this is the key phrase. The problem is that in all the top managerial posts in state and (as it were) non-state corporations that are engaged in the development of strategic raw materials in the Russian Federation, there are, in the vast majority, two types of people:
    1. Already leaving, these are thieves who started their careers back in the USSR, whose crown number is a blunt "cut" or just a cape of the price in one- or maximum two-way schemes;
    2. Those who came to replace them are their own children, children of relatives or acquaintances, etc., who have often undergone paid tuition at various prestigious universities in the Russian Federation or abroad. These, in turn, are divided into 2 more groups:
    a) smart and unprincipled, with the aim of washing grandmothers at any cost and taking them abroad with themselves and their family (these are few), naturally, for these grandmothers they will hand over anything to anyone ... if the grandmas offer good ones. ..
    b) absolute dullards, capable of about the same as the group No. 1 that gave rise to them, sometimes in slightly more "complicated" versions, using more modern technologies, as a rule ...
    And it is these citizens who are now shouldering the task of ILLEGAL purchases of sanctioned material abroad ... That is, in fact, carrying out full-scale special operations ... Well, how do you think this can end? It's like a person who, as it were, successfully played a computer "shooter" for years, conquered everyone there, took and sent them to a real war, expecting from him the same success as in the game ... The result is obvious.

    In the days of the USSR, in the West, too secretly, through nominees, technologies were purchased for the needs of the armed forces as well. BUT this was done by real professionals ...

    The second important factor: why, having these same turbines (and other necessary material) at our disposal, instead of trying to even copy them illegally, as the Chinese do, and as the Soviet Union did many times, they decided to buy them again? - And because there is a higher expected fat without much difficulty, for the same "super managers" ... If you try to copy, there is a lot of work, and if it does not work out, you can get it in the head. And then it will come out - we will make it, it will not work - well, we will justify ourselves by the fact that the evil West interfered ... somehow, apparently, they thought ... They probably didn’t expect their Americans to decide to put them in jail for twenty years ... poor things ...
    All this is sad ... recourse
  5. OXOTHuK Sakha Offline OXOTHuK Sakha
    OXOTHuK Sakha (Blockchain Blockchainov) 5 December 2019 18: 00
    +3
    What to steal or buy somewhere, we ourselves had to establish the production of turbines.
    What is power - such are the popalovs.
    1. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
      Pishenkov (Alexey) 5 December 2019 22: 38
      +4
      we ourselves had to establish the production of turbines

      - it's hard now! It was easy and quick to destroy everything, but to build it again, oh, how long ... Although there is still some groundwork. As I wrote above, if not build, then they could have copied, the technological base should be enough for this ... and there are also samples on hand, which are still worn out and already require repair - that's a good excuse to disassemble it all to the screw and "study" properly ... And, by the way, we also know how, since the times of the USSR ... wink But they won’t cope - you can connect the Chinese comrades, and nothing new in these schemes ...
      1. koss Offline koss
        koss (Vladimir) 30 December 2019 23: 52
        0
        Alas, we can’t even copy it anymore, there are no metallurgists, no chemists, it’s a compromise, if only in the background.
  6. OXOTHuK Sakha Offline OXOTHuK Sakha
    OXOTHuK Sakha (Blockchain Blockchainov) 5 December 2019 18: 01
    +1
    Those. is our Jerk and Breakthrough - buy or steal in the West ??!
    Have you tried to create something yourself ??
  7. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 5 December 2019 18: 39
    -4
    Just don’t try to make some "speculators" out of them, who tried to pull it all off at their own risk. It's all ridiculous.
  8. The attempt suggests that the current owners of Russia have lost turbine engineering - the PRIDE of the USSR!
    1. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
      Pishenkov (Alexey) 5 December 2019 22: 34
      +2
      It still existed in Eastern Europe, but even there the presence of such technologies also did not seem necessary to any of the "masters of the world" - what they could, destroyed what was left (little), bought with giblets for a penny ... This was also called "privatization" , and there were their own "Chubais" ...
      1. It offends me for Russia!
        1. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
          Pishenkov (Alexey) 6 December 2019 00: 06
          +4
          I quite understand. I'm just talking about the fact that all this was done on purpose. THEY are trying and trying to concentrate all the key technologies in their own hands. And not to give them to anyone, but to live with this, and with the same "hold by the gills" of all the others. When everyone (both we and all our CMEA and VD friends) so ingenuously "opened" to the West, in the bright hope of mutual merging in full love and understanding for the sake of future joint and happy coexistence, THEY have already planned and implemented all this. From THEIR side, there was no love and bright joint plans for anything initially. In contrast to what we were told then, and continue to repeat now, various "liberals".
          And in the former republics of the USSR, it seems that not everyone has yet reached, they still believe in "rainbow coexistence with the West in mutual harmony" ...
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        3. DPN Offline DPN
          DPN (DPN) 6 December 2019 22: 15
          0
          It's a shame for itself, and Russia is in the reliable clutches of the capitalists.
  9. OXOTHuK Sakha Offline OXOTHuK Sakha
    OXOTHuK Sakha (Blockchain Blockchainov) 6 December 2019 07: 32
    -1
    I do not understand. Why doesn’t Putin exchange Yaroshenko and Bout for detained US agents ???
    1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 6 December 2019 09: 36
      -1
      Buta to Butina? Or vice versa?
      1. OXOTHuK Sakha Offline OXOTHuK Sakha
        OXOTHuK Sakha (Blockchain Blockchainov) 6 December 2019 09: 57
        +3
        To Arkharov
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  11. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 6 December 2019 10: 12
    +1
    Quote: Nick
    Article fake. What are you speaking about? The article does not cite any facts.

    The whole article is made up of facts. The fact that you do not like them does not make them fakes.
  12. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 December 2019 10: 21
    +1
    Again sellers of sports nutrition caught .....
  13. Elephant Offline Elephant
    Elephant 6 December 2019 14: 37
    +1
    It would not hurt to make similar turbines in Russia.
  14. Vladimir501 Offline Vladimir501
    Vladimir501 (Vladimir) 6 December 2019 15: 14
    +2
    It is a pity that everyone who knows how to manage the state already works as taxi drivers or hairdressers!

    Francois Mitterand
    1. Victor N Offline Victor N
      Victor N (Victor n) 6 December 2019 16: 28
      0
      Thank you Volodya!
  15. OXOTHuK Sakha Offline OXOTHuK Sakha
    OXOTHuK Sakha (Blockchain Blockchainov) 6 December 2019 15: 47
    +1
    Stole .... drank ... to prison.
  16. Dzafdet Offline Dzafdet
    Dzafdet (Sergei) 6 December 2019 16: 17
    0
    And where to get the professionals? Around some victims of the exam ...
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    2. koss Offline koss
      koss (Vladimir) 31 December 2019 00: 10
      0
      "Golden words - Yuri Venediktovich".
  17. Vkd dvk Offline Vkd dvk
    Vkd dvk (Victor) 6 December 2019 20: 56
    +3
    Quote: Pyshenkov
    ... operations for the acquisition of sub-sanctional equipment and technologies should be transferred from the hands of amateurs, whom we stand for in any important business, to professionals

    - this is the key phrase. The problem is that in all the top managerial posts in state and (as it were) non-state corporations that are engaged in the development of strategic raw materials in the Russian Federation, there are, in the vast majority, two types of people:
    1. Already leaving, these are thieves who started their careers back in the USSR, whose crown number is a blunt "cut" or just a cape of the price in one- or maximum two-way schemes;
    2. Those who came to replace them are their own children, children of relatives or acquaintances, etc., who have often undergone paid tuition at various prestigious universities in the Russian Federation or abroad. These, in turn, are divided into 2 more groups:
    a) smart and unprincipled, with the aim of washing grandmothers at any cost and taking them abroad with themselves and their family (these are few), naturally, for these grandmothers they will hand over anything to anyone ... if the grandmas offer good ones. ..
    b) absolute dullards, capable of about the same as the group No. 1 that gave rise to them, sometimes in slightly more "complicated" versions, using more modern technologies, as a rule ...
    And it is these citizens who are now shouldering the task of ILLEGAL purchases of sanctioned material abroad ... That is, in fact, carrying out full-scale special operations ... Well, how do you think this can end? It's like a person who, as it were, successfully played a computer "shooter" for years, conquered everyone there, took and sent them to a real war, expecting from him the same success as in the game ... The result is obvious.

    In the days of the USSR, in the West, too secretly, through nominees, technologies were purchased for the needs of the armed forces as well. BUT this was done by real professionals ...

    The second important factor: why, having these same turbines (and other necessary material) at our disposal, instead of trying to even copy them illegally, as the Chinese do, and as the Soviet Union did many times, they decided to buy them again? - And because there is a higher expected fat without much difficulty, for the same "super managers" ... If you try to copy, there is a lot of work, and if it does not work out, you can get it in the head. And then it will come out - we will make it, it will not work - well, we will justify ourselves by the fact that the evil West interfered ... somehow, apparently, they thought ... They probably didn’t expect their Americans to decide to put them in jail for twenty years ... poor things ...
    All this is sad ... recourse

    Already I agreed 100% in the previous post. I agree on this.
    I add.
    In any case, in any situation, along with negative results, there are positive ones. Having passed the filter of criminal prosecution of Americans, I think the ones you described above will go to a safer job. And less harmful.
  18. DPN Offline DPN
    DPN (DPN) 6 December 2019 22: 10
    +1
    From the age of 13, they could have built their own factory, taking over experience from the PRC.
  19. Dedok Offline Dedok
    Dedok (Sergei) 7 December 2019 13: 25
    +1
    Almost thirty years have passed before everything began to fall apart, and almost all this time, a quiet refrain was heard from somewhere:

    ... why should we do this? We will buy everything! ..

    Today these conversations have subsided, but these ideas are sitting inside these people, and they personify the "vertical of power", incl. everything is sad, because they still cannot assess the scale of the problem, and the problem is systemic, in all directions.
  20. Upmost Offline Upmost
    Upmost (Innocent) 8 December 2019 17: 38
    -1
    What does the attempt of Russians illegally buy a turbine in the USA

    He talks about three things:
    1) In Russia they cannot make turbines of this type / level.
    2) In Russia, they do not know how to plan such complex operations - the "bruising" is just the wildest.
    3) The methodology for obtaining new technologies, or even finished samples of equipment, named by the President of the Russian Federation as "Tsap-Tsarap", it didn’t work here. And it is unlikely to work in the future.
  21. Upmost Offline Upmost
    Upmost (Innocent) 8 December 2019 17: 40
    +1
    Quote: DPN
    From 13 years could

    And in general, in the "flexing" 2000s, they could do so much without having quarreled with their "partners".
    In fact, as it was, it is, only one thing - RAPID THEFT.
  22. Upmost Offline Upmost
    Upmost (Innocent) 8 December 2019 17: 47
    0
    Despite the declared success in import substitution, Western sanctions are beginning to take effect.

    Yeah what's there begin to act, already acting.
  23. Ehanatone Offline Ehanatone
    Ehanatone 8 December 2019 22: 15
    +1
    Once, in before the sanctions times, the American equipment was purchased, now it began to crumble. We need spare parts, but which one will try to repair the turbine - then we need new or completely change all the equipment.
    The USA, as always, has shown itself to be filthy partners, that’s all.

    PS Judging from the article, the evidence they have is as always - haili licked ...
  24. Ehanatone Offline Ehanatone
    Ehanatone 8 December 2019 22: 20
    0
    Political correctness rolls over, now and de ... la du ... oh can not be called.! ...
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