Former Ministry of Defense official made $6.8mn in jail

Former Ministry of Defense official made $6.8mn in jail
Aleksandr Ogloblin

Ex-Head of the 1st Department of the General Directorate of Communications of the Ministry of Defense Aleksandr Ogloblin has received dividends from JSC Informtekhnika Group of Companies, of which he is a shareholder.

Former Head of the 1st Department of the General Directorate of Communications of the Ministry of Defense Aleksandr Ogloblin, who is accused of embezzlement when implementing the state program for the modernization of military communications, made 46.5 million rubles ($6.84 million) while under arrest in a pre-trial detention center, Kommersant reports. Ogloblin received dividends from JSC Informtekhnika Group of Companies, of which he is a shareholder.

According to law enforcers, the money was credited to the account of his proxy, General Andrey Puyto. October 24, the 235th Garrison Military Court arrested payments on dividends and shares of the general.

In 2015–2016, Ogloblin acquired more than 16% of the shares of Informtekhnika for almost 150 million rubles ($2.21 million), which he received in the form of kickbacks from the former management of Voentelecom JSC, investigators believe. It is reported that the official worked closely with the company’s management since the beginning of 2000, during the transition from analog to digital communication systems. Back then, it was Informtekhnika's subsidiary – JSC Informatika i svyaz – that supplied equipment to the Ministry of Defense.

Informatika i svyaz has cooperated with Voentelekom since 2014 in the implementation of state contracts with the Ministry of Defense on equipping troops with digital communication equipment. According to the publication, the company's profit last year exceeded 200 million rubles ($2.95 million).

Aleksandr Ogloblin is charged with Swindling on an Especially Large Scale (part 4 of Art. 159). According to the investigation, in 2013, when Ogloblin was deputy head of the 1st Department of the General Directorate of Communications of the Ministry of Defense, he received kickbacks from Voentelekom, which at that time was the main contractor for design and installation work, during the implementation of the state program for the modernization of the army's secret and special communications. The embezzlement was estimated at 460 million rubles ($6.78 million). Ogloblin did not plead guilty to any of the episodes and refused to testify, referring to Article 51 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

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