In 1991, he opened his first company and became an aviation broker. In 1992, he left for South Africa, where he began to organize air transportation. In a newspaper interview, he claimed to have lived in the United Arab Emirates since 1993, but “has never made an attempt to emigrate from Russia or change his citizenship.” His airline at the airport of Sharjah was engaged in the transport of flowers, household goods and legal military cargo, as well as the transport of French and Belgian military peacekeepers. In 1996, delivered to Malaysia, Russian fighters.

By the mid-1990s, the first allegations by the media that the Ayaz trade included the illicit arms trade in countries covered by the international embargo date back to the late 1990s. Among the buyers pointed to the government and partisan formations of countries such as Afghanistan, Angola, Togo, Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Taliban and Al Qaeda. The reason for such assumptions was the testimony of the pilots that the cargo was always in boarded up crates. The Russian press suggested that Ayaz might have been the unofficial intermediary of Rosvooruzhenie and one of the important secret carriers of Russia.

In 1995, Ayaz participated in negotiations on the release of the Russian crew of an IL-76 aircraft captured in Afghanistan. In 1995-1998 he carried out his fishing from Belgium, but in connection with the initiated investigation of his activities by law enforcement agencies, he moved to the United Arab Emirates, where his Air Cess Liberia airline was located, owning more than 50 aircraft in different countries of the world.


Ayaz was mentioned in connection with illegal deliveries of weapons and ammunition in circumvention of UN sanctions in reports of the UN Security Council (2000), Amnesty International (2005 and 2006), and the US State Department. At the same time, since 2003, companies owned or controlled by Ayaz have supplied material support to the US military in Iraq.