ICR initiates case over deliveries of rotten potatoes to Chechnya's National Guard unit
The servicemen were offered potatoes with “wet and dry rot”.
Reports on the supply of rotten potatoes to the units of the National Guard in Chechnya have attracted attention of the Investigation Committee of Russia. In particular, a Colonel of the department, Oleg Kondratyev, became a defendant in the case.
According to RBC, the suspect exceeded his authority, forcing his subordinates to accept 30 tons of rotten potatoes into a warehouse.
This information leaked to the department. Later, an internal audit was initiated, sources say.
The audit results made the leadership of the National Guard appeal to the Military Prosecutor's Office. The ministry established that on July 2, 2018, Colonel Kondratyev gave an “illegal oral order” to take 30 tons of potatoes with “wet and dry rot” into a warehouse. The goods came from the Druzhba Narodov meat processing plant and were intended for the 46th unit of the National Guard, which is deployed in Chechnya.
Investigators believe Kondratyev was perfectly aware of the poor quality of the goods, but he made an order to take it intentionally. During the preliminary investigation of the Investigative Committee, it was established that the Colornel acted "intentionally, in accordance with his personal interest." Thus, according to the investigation, the Colonel exceeded his authority.
It is worth noting that the Druzhba Narodov meat processing plant has been a food supplier for the National Guard for more than a year. Previously, the FSB and the Main Military Prosecutor's Office had questions to the company. Yet this did not prevent the company from obtaining government contracts on provision of the security forces for the 2019-2020 period.