Good point, thanks for clarifying that there is actually a theoretical way to prosecute Russian transgressors of CITES laws. Somehow I think it would be very difficult to actually bring the perp to justice though.
The best we could expect would that the seller would be banned from those eBay sites, at least under his current username and e-mail address.
But this seller is in Russia, and Russia never signed CITES, so for him that's totally legal
I like Russia . Beside this pair came from farming as it is A1, try to catch A1 in real life. I highly doubt it was poached but it is illegal anyway to farm and sell by the current international laws. Other birdwings can be farmed and sell but not this one, why? because it is large, beautiful and as long as it is under appendix 1 it can sell for $5000.00 and up! Someone made this law so others can make profit out of this.
Russia has signed CITES. But believe me, 99% of CITES insect-species are imported & sold in Russia, Ukraine, and most other countries of the former Soviet Union without any CITES papers, in fact on the black market. A several years ago one very large dealer from Moscow who sells on Ebay, I`ll not call his name, offered me a couple of O.Alexandra. Another dealer from Ukraine, whom I know for 12 years, during this period of time has already sold 3 pair of this species to buyers from Russia and Ukraine. I personally know a collector from the Ukraine, who has pair of O.Alexandra & pair of P.homerus !!. And believe me, the law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, Russia, etc. not interested the sale of insect from CITES - they can not stop the illegal logging, that has to say about trading some butterflies.
And such a situation occurs all over the world. One day I bought on Ebay from a seller from Indonesia a couple O. aesacus. He assured that it has the CITES documents. In fact, in the parcel, I got a color photocopy of the official CITES documents, which has been removed corrector-pencil species name and by the hand with a black ballpoint pen is inscribed the name of the purchased one. Such situation because many collectors and sellers in many countries by the worls do not want to bother with these documents and pay additional taxes for them.
I doubt if any of the sellers of Cities species on ebay from certain counties have permits, surely those that buy them know this and are quite prepared to take the risk. They will also always be Smugglers, this is just about profit, end of. I wonder what the authors of the new alexandrae book make of all this. Buy the book, money is given to protect the butterfly, Oil Palm put the money up for the book, the situation is a Joke, make no mistake about it, O. alexandrae is heading towards extinction, then those that buy them can covet them even more because the prices will soar, skies the limit.