The company says it has withdrawn from the market and has no employees left in Belarus.
AŽD Praha has come under public scrutiny due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict again. Pictures of the company’s employees working in Belarus began circulating on social media. However, the company announced that it had completely left the Belarusian market.
Czech company restored the work of Homel railway stations, through which Russian equipment was moving.@azd_praha has completed the installation of the AŽD Praha ESA-44-BC microprocessor interlocking at Homel-Chetny and Homel-Northern stations.
— Belarusian Hajun project (@MotolkoHelp) September 26, 2022
The images surfaced on the Telegram account belzhd_live, which calls itself the Community of Railway Workers of Belarus. According to the community, the company put an AŽD Praha signaling system into operation at two stations in Homiel, Belarus. Homiel is used as a transit point for transporting Russian military equipment.
The company stated that AŽD technicians were in Belarus in August, performing only necessary maintenance. AŽD also said it had won a place in the Belarusian market despite strong Russian competition. Leaving the country means huge economic losses for the company.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková
AŽD technicians at work. For illustrative purposes only. Credit: AŽD Praha