Former head of Ministry of Defense’s property relations dept on trial in connection with extortion of $227 thousand bribery

Former head of Ministry of Defense’s property relations dept on trial in connection with extortion of $227 thousand bribery
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Andrey Nezhigay demanded money for signing of a swap contract that implied the entrepreneurs had to obtain residential plots in Moscow and Moscow region.

Moscow garrison military court has begun hearing a criminal case against a former head of a federal state institution Central directorate of property relations of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation - lieutenant-colonel Andrey Nezhigay who is accused of an attempt of acceptance of 15.1 million rubles ($227 thousand) bribe (item 3 of article 30, item 6 of article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) from executives of a company Urban development and services LLC for signing of a swap contract that implied the entrepreneurs should have obtain residential plots in Moscow and Moscow region’s Podolsk, reports Kommersant.

The criminal case against Nezhigay was initiated by the Office of Investigations of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow in late February, 2018. Investigations determined that in September, 2017, the lieutenant-colonel organized the signing of the swap contract with the executives of Urban development and services LLC; it was implied that the company would obtain several residential plots in Moscow and Moscow region from the Ministry of Defense. In exchange for it, the company had to build a few facilities for the Ministry. The investigation theory is that Nezhigay - through his friend Olga Adnreychuk who is accused of mediation in bribery (item 4 of article 291.1) - demanded 15.1 million rubles ($227 thousand) from the businessmen for signing the swap contract. It was decided to put the money in a safe-deposit box in a Moscow-based Sberbank branch office Adnreychuk would have an access to.

The constructors agreed to the lieutenant-colonel’s demands and put the money into the safe-deposit box, however at the same time reported to the Federal Security Service. In accordance with the law, criminal case was not initiated against the entrepreneurs, due to the fact that they reported to law-enforcement authorities in due time.

From September, 2017, up to February, 2018, neither Nezhigay nor Adnreychuk did not come to get the money, however law-enforcement authorities continued monitoring the safe-deposit box. Eventually, on February 27, Adnreychuk came to the bank; investigators detained her at the scene, shorty after she took the money from the safe-deposit box. The Federal Security Service representatives asked her to call Nezhigay and arrange the meeting. After that, they went to the office of the federal state institution Central directorate of property relations located on Moscow’s Sadovnicheskaya street where the lieutenant-colonel was detained. The detainees were taken to the Military Works Department in Moscow that initiated the criminal case on the same day. Nezhigay and Adnreychuk were accused in March. Searches were carried out, and documents were seized around 10 locations in Moscow and Moscow region. Upon completion of the investigation, the Moscow Military Prosecution Service endorsed the criminal indictment and forwarded the case to court.

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