Criminal case on commercial bribery initiated against manager of Rosatom’s subsidiary company

Criminal case on commercial bribery initiated against manager of Rosatom’s subsidiary company

Violations during the installation of ventilation were revealed at the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.

Dmitry Zinoviev, the head of the ventilation and firefighting department of the Atomstroyexport representative office, became a defendant in a criminal case on commercial bribery initiated by the directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Grodno Region of the Republic of Belarus, the directorate’s official spokesman Sergey Kabakovich reports. According to the investigation, the employee of Rosatom’s subsidiary illegally received money for expedited paperwork at the construction of the Belarusian NPP.

“I note that the actions imputed to him are associated with a violation of the order of economic activity. According to the investigation, the man was not an official, but was an employee of the organization,” Kabakovich said.

The press service of the Belarusian NPP said that the technical supervision service had identified violations during the installation of ventilation. The guilty officials “were removed from the construction site”, as well as “the regulatory documentation on the organization of incoming control of instruments and equipment coming to the construction site of the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant was revised.”

Zinoviev was released on bail, RIA Novosti reports. 

“The state corporation has spawned hundreds of commercial enterprises abroad, the control of which is virtually not carried out due to the “graceful” redistribution of powers within Rosatom’s control block,” Ilya Shumanov, the deputy CEO of Transparency International, said.

He noted that earlier Rosatom’s subsidiaries were “at the epicenter of corruption scandals in the US and South Africa.”

Atomstroyexport is part of Rosatom and is the general contractor for the construction of the Belarusian NPP. The first unit of the nuclear power plant is planned to be launched in early 2020.

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