Another former Spetsstroy deputy head makes a deal with investigation
Alexander Zagorulko gave testimony against his boss Alexander Volosov and now expects that the conditions of his custody and the sentence would be softened.
Alexander Zagorulko, the former first deputy director of the Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy), has made a pre-trial agreement on cooperation with Deputy Prosecutor Viktor Grin. According to Kommersant, he fully acknowledged his guilt of taking kickbacks for signing big contracts with contractors and gave testimony against his CEO, the head of Spetsstroy Alexander Volosov saying the latter would get some of that money. The testimony also concerned some high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defense.
According to CrimeRussia sources, there was a pattern of selecting the firms the contracts were signed with. The Ministry of Defense would choose the contractors and then Spetsstroy would only follow the instructions from above signing contracts with so-called winners of the auctions. Therefore, it was not just a local corruption scheme in the Federal Agency for Special Construction. However, so far the military department is not going to be held accountable.
We shall remind that earlier another deputy head of Spetsstroy, Alexander Buryakov, had decided to cooperate with the investigation. Based on his testimony, Alexander Zagorulko was charged, while Buryakov was transferred from the pre-trial detention center to house arrest and taken under state protection. Zagorulko may now be set free due to his health problems. In March 2017, according to CrimeRussia sources, he tried to commit suicide in his cell. Besides, now he can count on a softer sentence and consideration of his case in a special order.
We should also point out that it was Alexander Volosov who had invited Alexander Zagorulko (his former Ministry of Emergency Situations coworker) to Spetsstroy in August 2013.
Zagorulko, Buryakov and a number of contractors are involved in a criminal case on fraud on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code), with significant embezzlement of funds from the state budget during the construction and reconstruction of Defense Ministry facilities. According to the investigation, the theft was worth 450 million rubles ($8m).
Officials of the contracting companies accused of giving bribes made a deal with the investigation and explained that Spetsstroy had forced them to give the kickbacks. The investigators closed the bribery case.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.