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CEOs of Russia’s largest military concern are still sanction-free

S-300 missile launch
S-300 missile launch. Source:defenseexpress
CEOs of Russia’s largest military concern are still sanction-free
Article by: Trap Aggressor
Translated by: Matt Wickham

Kalibr missiles, one of Russia’s most lethal weapons, have been killing Ukrainians mercilessly from the onset of Russia’s full-scale invasion. However, CEOs at Almaz-Antey, the corporation that produces these weapons and other equipment employed by Russia in its brutal war, have not yet been sanctioned. Director General of Almaz-Antey received the title “Hero of Russia” from the Russian government for his part in the war, instead of any Western sanctions, as had originally been promised.

Reported by Trap Aggressor , a group of analysts monitoring sanctions imposed on Russia.

The company is best recognized around the world for producing Kalibr cruise missiles. It is a manufacturer of anti-aircraft, anti-missile defense, and anti-aircraft missile systems.

The enterprise also includes more than 60 military companies that manufacture military equipment such as S-300, S-400, and S-500 air defense systems, Buk-M2, Buk-M3 anti-aircraft missile systems, OSA-AKM short-range air defense systems, and Tor-M1, Tor-M2, which are actively being deployed in the barbaric attack on Ukraine.


Almaz-Antey, Russia’s largest military-industrial cooperation. Source:Wikipedia

“The Almaz-Antey enterprise is, however, subject to sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Canada, Switzerland, and other members of the sanctions coalition against the Russian Federation,” the article states.

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While at the same time, Yan Novikov, the general director of the Almaz-Antey, has yet to be sanctioned by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and other countries; General Designer Pavel Sozinov, Deputy General Director for scientific and technological development Sergey Druzin, and the rest of the enterprises’ senior management.

Senior executives of Almaz-Antey avoid sanctions
Senior executives of Almaz-Antey avoid sanctions


Yan Novikov joined the company’s management team two years after Putin was elected President of the Russian Federation, and later became the Deputy General Director of “Almaz-Antey.” In 2015, Novikov was appointed General Director of the enterprise.

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Five months after the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion against Ukraine, Novikov was awarded the title of “Hero of Russia” by the Russian Federation’s Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoigu, for his “outstanding contribution to ensuring the Russian Federation’s defense capability, the development and creation of modern weapons, military and special equipment.”
More senior officials of the Almaz-Antey group who have avoided sanctions
More senior officials of the Almaz-Antey group who have avoided sanctions

According to the Stockholm International Institute for Research on World Problems SIPRI, the Almaz-Antey enterprise sold $6.04 billion in arms in 2020, placing it 17th on the list of the world’s largest military-industrial enterprises.

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“Almaz-Antey” is Russia’s most successful enterprise in this industry, according to the SIPRI ranking. Reuters reports that, nearly three dozen CEOs of Russian military businesses and at least 14 Russian arms manufacturing companies were not-sanctioned by the United States, the European Union, or the United Kingdom in early July.

Previously, Trap Aggressor analysts reported that 8 of 9 senior managers of the defense giant “Rostec” are not sanctioned by the EU and its allies.

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Translated by: Matt Wickham
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