President of Motor Sich to remain in custody

24 October 2022, 11:17 PM
Vyacheslav Boguslaev (Photo:Oleksii Arunyan / Graty)

Vyacheslav Boguslaev (Photo:Oleksii Arunyan / Graty)

Following a request from Ukraine’s SBU security service, Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv ordered the president of Motor Sich company, Vyacheslav Bohuslaev, to be kept in custody for two months, SBU said in a Telegram post on Oct. 24. SBU initially detained Bohuslaev on Oct. 22.

According to Ukrainian media outlet Suspіlne, Bohuslaev called treason charges against him “a misunderstanding,” denying that Motor Sich supplied aircraft engines to Russia.

Other media reports said that another high-ranking Motor Sich manager Oleh Dzyuba was also arrested. Both are accused of treason and collaborating with Russia.

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Earlier, the SBU published recordings of Bohuslayev's phone conversations, allegedly confirming his cooperation with Moscow. The SBU stated that after the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Motor Sich continued to supply Russia with engines and other parts for attack helicopters.

Ukrainian media outlet Skhemy reported that Bohuslaev has held Russian citizenship since 2000.

Based in Zaporizhzhia, Motor is one of the world's largest manufacturers of engines for airplanes and helicopters, as well as industrial gas turbines.

Motor Sich has long been solely controlled by its honorary president, Vyacheslav Bohuslaev. In 2016, a lot of the company’s shares were sold to foreign entities. In September 2017, the SBU investigated the sell-off, while a Kyiv court froze 41% of Motor Sich shares, owned by five shell companies.

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