Oboronenergo former Head arrested on charges of embezzlement

Oboronenergo former Head arrested on charges of embezzlement

The criminal case with seven defendants is directly related to the case of the Head of Oboronenergosbyt Aleksander Zmikhnovsky, who had fled to Turkey.

The former Director General of Oboronenergo OJSC Mikhail Fomin has been arrested on charges of swindling in the supply of electric energy to the structures of the Ministry of Defense.

According to Kommersant, after falling under suspicion, six more of his former subordinates have become defendants in a high-profile criminal case. Among them is the former Fomin’s Deputy at Oboronenergo for the implementation of services Maksim Voronkov, the Head of one of the state company's branches Petr Konik, as well as several managers and businessmen. Fomin is taken into custody, and the other suspects are under travel restrictions or house arrest. It is reported that the suspects actively cooperate with the investigating authorities, therefore there is no need for strict preventive measure against them.

The newspaper noted that Fomin has been arrested because the investigation thought he had been hiding his whereabouts, and could not bring him in for questioning by sending a request. But in reality, after the dismissal from Oboronenergo, Fomin returned to his homeland in the Primorsky region, where he went into business. He is currently the sole shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of Artyomovskaya Ekspeditsiya JSC, which is engaged in the rental of commercial real estate in the city of Artyom.

It should be noted that the case of Mikhail Fomin and his subordinates is directly related to the case of embezzlement of funds from the Russian Ministry of Defense, the main defendant of which, the former Director General of Oboronenergosbyt OJSC Aleksandr Zmikhnovksy has been charged in absentia under part 4 Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code.

Management of the monopoly supplier of electricity to military units and enterprises of the Ministry of Defense was suspected of embezzling nearly 450 million rubles in the summer of 2015. The large-scale embezzlement was detected during the audit of the Main Military Prosecutor's Office.

Currently, Zmikhnovsky is hiding from the investigation in Turkey. His mansion on Rublevskoe highway and two Moscow apartments are under arrest. By confiscating the property, the investigation expects to reimburse part of the multi-million dollar damage.

The investigation has merged the criminal case against the former management of Oboronenergosbyt and Oboronenergo into a single case, the news agency reports. Financial and economic expertise has been appointed to help the investigators establish the exact amount of damage to the budget.

According to the information posted on Oboronenergo OJSC's official website, Oboronservis' subsidiary is engaged in the transmission and distribution of electricity, energy management of military units and organizations subordinate to the Ministry of Defense, the repair of armament and military equipment, as well as the development of networks and other electricity generating facilities.

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