© ShahBlogger. FILE PHOTO: A view exhibits the Boeing 737-700 BBJ (airplane quantity RA-73890) non-public plane on the tarmac of the Pulkovo Worldwide Airport in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 14, 2023. REUTERS/Luba Ostrovskaya/File Photograph

By Gleb Stolyarov

(ShahBlogger) – Within the two years earlier than the struggle in Ukraine, a personal Boeing (NYSE:) 737 linked to Russian oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov criss-crossed the globe, taking within the French Riviera, the Maldives and Seychelles together with world capitals and monetary centres.

This yr, as an alternative of conventional playgrounds of the well-heeled, the jet has visited ex-Soviet states Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Belarus a handful of occasions, together with China, flight monitoring information by Flightradar24 exhibits.

In an indication of each the restrictions and attain of Western sanctions in place since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, a few of Russia’s wealthy and highly effective are discovering methods to maintain private jets airborne, ShahBlogger reporting exhibits, however the restrictions have sharply curtailed the place the planes can journey.

The Boeing linked to Yevtushenkov was amongst not less than 50 non-public jets re-registered beneath the Russian flag because the February 2022 invasion, in keeping with beforehand unreported nationwide plane registry information as much as early August reviewed by ShahBlogger.

A number of of the repatriated non-public jets had been related to outstanding politicians and enterprise figures, in keeping with two senior Russian aviation business sources, who weren’t authorised to talk to the media and spoke on situation of anonymity.

The 2 sources stated Yevtushenkov personally used the Boeing-737, which till final yr bore the brand of the corporate he based, telecoms-to-timber conglomerate AFK Sistema, footage on web site Jetphotos present.

Yevtushenkov stated he wouldn’t reply to questions in regards to the plane, together with whether or not he makes use of the airplane. Yevtushenkov formally ceded management of Sistema after the UK imposed sanctions on him final yr. He stays the principle shareholder of the group.

Russia’s aviation authority, Rosaviatsiya, and the Ministry of Transport didn’t reply to requests for remark. There isn’t any suggestion firms related to the planes have contravened any sanctions with the repatriations or ongoing flights.


Jurisdictions together with Aruba and the Isle of Man, the place a number of the jets had been beforehand registered, observe the Western sanctions. That had made it arduous to get insurance coverage, gasoline and permits for Russian-owned planes flying beneath their flags, one of many sources stated.

Placing the planes beneath the Russian flag permits them to fly to and from nations that haven’t imposed a flight ban or the place particular person travellers will not be sanctioned, together with Turkey and Dubai.

Regardless of such manoeuvres, greater than half of Russia’s non-public and company jet fleet of round 400 stays stranded overseas or has been offered, the identical supply estimated, based mostly on his intensive information of the sector.

The entire variety of enterprise jets beneath the Russian flag is now 145, up from 97 as of early March 2022, in keeping with the checklist.

Due to sanctions, Russian planes are prohibited from getting into the 27-country European Union, the place Russia’s oligarchs beforehand flew steadily for enterprise and leisure and the place many non-public jets linked to them had been registered earlier than the struggle, tail numbers present.

Each aviation sources, who organise and handle enterprise jets, stated some jet homeowners are flying from Russia to Turkey or ex-Soviet states after which chartering totally different plane to EU airports, offering the people weren’t beneath private sanctions.

Examples of this follow occur not less than as soon as per week, one of many sources added, with out giving particular examples.

Based on customs information, a number of the repatriated plane are linked to state enterprises and enterprise leaders who’ve backed President Vladimir Putin within the struggle in Ukraine or who’re related to him.

They embrace a Bombardier (OTC:) Challenger 650 the information exhibits was imported by Uralkali, a serious fertiliser producer previously led by Dmitry Mazepin – among the many tycoons who attended a gathering of main entrepreneurs led by Putin earlier this yr.

A Bombardier International 6000 was imported by VEB.RF, a state-owned growth financial institution led by Igor Shuvalov, a former first deputy prime minister.

VEB, Uralkali and Mazepin didn’t reply to requests for touch upon the registration of the jets in Russia.

The customs information exhibits that the majority non-public plane repatriated after the outbreak of the struggle returned to Russia from ex-Soviet nations in addition to from the UAE and Turkey.

As within the case of the Boeing linked to Yevtushenkov, the opposite re-registered plane have prevented crossing into EU airspace and have stored to nations thought-about pleasant to Russia, Flightradar24 information exhibits.


In December 2021, the Boeing was photographed on the tarmac in Prague, bearing the Aruba-flagged registration P4-AFK, an image on web site Jetphotos exhibits. The airplane sported gray stripes, together with the Sistema brand on its tail.

Simply over a yr later, after the struggle had began, the airplane appeared in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in keeping with a photograph on Jetphotos. The tail quantity had modified to the Russian registration RA-73890 and the Sistema brand had been eliminated.

However the engine covers nonetheless bore the identification P4-AFK and the gray stripes remained.

Sistema declined to touch upon the airplane or its possession. America added Sistema to its sanctions checklist on Nov. 2.

Between early 2020 and the invasion of Ukraine, which Russian officers name a “particular navy operation”, P4-AFK made a number of journeys to Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the Maldives, and one every to Croatia, the Czech Republic and the Seychelles, Flightradar24 information exhibits.

It additionally travelled 105 occasions in Russia, 17 in France, eight in Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Latvia, 5 in Britain and 4 in Turkey.

After the invasion started, the airplane flew between airports in Turkey, UAE, Oman and Kazakhstan for the rest of 2022, by no means crossing into EU territory. It made solely 14 journeys throughout that interval.

Based on Russia’s plane registry, printed on Rosaviatsiya’s web site in August, the jet was registered beneath the Russian flag in late December.

Customs information exhibits it was formally imported to Russia on Dec. 30 from Bishkek, the capital of ex-Soviet member Kyrgyzstan, after which its flights have been largely restricted to Russia.

Up to now in 2023, it has flown 47 occasions inside Russia and a mixed 9 occasions to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and China.

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