$2.8m stolen from Ministry of Defense institute
The case was initiated on the materials collected by the military prosecutor.
According to the materials of the Military Prosecutor's Office, a criminal case was initiated in relation to the embezzlement of 188 million rubles ($2.8m) allocated for design and survey work at the 31st Institute of the special construction of the Ministry of Defense, according to the website of the Prosecutor General’s Office.
“In 2012–2013, Radiostroy LLC received the advance from the institute in the total amount of 188 million rubles under the subcontract agreement. At the same time, it did not fulfill its obligations on the design and survey work in the interests of 31 GPISS JSC and did not return the payments,” the statement reads.
The management of the institute did not return advances on bank guarantees, which made it impossible to recover them, the General Prosecutor's Office notes. The criminal case was initiated under the article Swindling, the maximum penalty for which is up to ten years' imprisonment.
Whether there are suspects in the case is not specified. Materials transferred to the investigating authorities.
On the website of the 31st Institute, it is indicated that it is the leading organization for the design of special objects. The department’s projects include the Plesetsk and Baikonur cosmodromes, the spacecraft orbital command and control facilities (CIC), and some residential and administrative buildings.
In late June 2019, the management of Development Corporation Joint Stock Company established in 2012 on the basis of Industrial Urals–Polar Urals Open Joint Stock Company was changed. This infamous corporation was repeatedly involved in corruption scandals. Notorious oiler and millionaire Sergei Maslov was its General Director in 2013–2016. In fall 2016, Maslov was arrested for embezzlements – but somehow, the court acquitted him. Immediately after the acquittal, he relocated abroad. The CrimeRussia reviewed the main ‘failures’ of the ‘unsinkable’ corporation, shady schemes pulled off by Maslov and his partners, and connections of the oligarch who has made enormous money on governmental projects. Surprisingly, but the information presented below hasn’t attracted the attention of the law enforcement authorities yet.