Constructor of Vostochny Cosmodrome is sentenced to 4.5 years in prison

Constructor of Vostochny Cosmodrome is sentenced to 4.5 years in prison
Vladimir Shamailov Photo: Anatoly Zhdanov

The court found Vladimir Shamailov guilty of falsifying documents on the construction of fire stations

The Dorogomilovsky Court sentenced has sentenced Vladimir Shamailov to 4.5 years in a standard regime penal colony and prohibited him to hold executive positions for 3 years. The former emergency response worker was found guilty of committing two crimes related to Abuse of Official Powers, which resulted in grave consequences (part 3 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code), Kommersant reported.

According to the prosecution, in 2010, when Shamailov was the Deputy Head of the Central Regional Center (CRC) of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM), he signed a state contract worth more than 50 million rubles for the design and construction of a fire station in the village of Spasskoe (the Ivanovo Region).

In November 2011, Shamailov signed the documents for construction and mounting works at the depot. But the deal and the money disbursement were in jeopardy. The investigators established that, in order to avoid punishment, Shamailov signed fake work completion statements, accumulation cost reports, and other documents. As the Prosecutor's Office explained, this led to the loss of budget funds in the amount of 8.9 million rubles, which were spent not for the intended purpose.

The works at the depot in Sergiev Posad worth 250 million rubles shared the same fate. This time budget loss amounted to 11.6 million rubles. The court also found Shamailov guilty of signing additional agreement to the state contract to pay the construction company in advance, though this had not been stipulated in the contract.

It should be noted that in April 2016, Vladimir Shamailov was arrested in connection with another criminal case. After his discharge from the EMERCOM, he headed the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Spetsstroytekhnologii, which performs the order for the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. The case under Art. 201 and Art. 204 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of Authority and Commercial Bribery) against the Head of Spetsstroy was initiated in late 2014. Shamailov is accused of receiving remuneration from businessmen in the amount of 5 million rubles to attract subcontractors to one of the state contracts in 2014 for the construction of the cosmodrome. The cost of the issue was 207 million rubles.

The suspect himself categorically refuses to plead guilty.

Previously, Vladimir Shamailov worked in senior positions in the Ministry of Federal Affairs, National and Migration Policy, was the Deputy Chief of the auditing department of the Federal Migration Service, then moved to the EMERCOM and Spetsstroytekhnologii under Spetsstroy (Federal Agency for Special Construction).

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