FSB suspects Russian Aerospace Company’s affiliate company of multi-million ruble embezzlement
Police searched the aerospace plant located at Aviamotornaya Street in Moscow the day before. The plant is an Aerospace Company’s affiliate company.
Employees of the FSB and MIA of the Russian Federation confiscated the plant’s business document. They did it within the framework of a criminal investigation concerned with embezzlement. The money was allocated for creation and development of the GLONASS system. More than 500 million rubles were embezzled, according to the investigators.
The Plant confirmed that police did in fact conduct the operation. Police looked for documents concerned with the plant’s activities from 2011 to 2012, according to the Plant spokesperson. He said the Plant cooperates with police and provides them assistance necessary for the investigation. The searches were a part of the criminal investigation of the embezzlement of 565 million rubles. The money was allocated for creation and development of the GLONASS system.
It is worth mentioning that the case № N118021 was initially opened by the investigative unit of the MIA’s 4th Division as far back as in July 2012. The case was concerned with violation of part 2 Art. 201, part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Abuse of Authority which has Involved Grave Consequences). The investigation was triggered by inspections at the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities and Main Directorate for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement of the MIA of the Russian Federation back then. Specialists detected the following facts during the inspections: it was the Plant employees who developed the System from 2006 to 2010. However, it was third-party contractors and subcontractors who were mentioned as developers in the contracts. The NPO KP and Sinertek Companies received the paychecks.
These companies did not have either their own engineering capabilities or fulltime employees with necessary qualification, according to the investigators. They were supervised by the Plant, too.
The money was then removed from legal money turnover through fly-by-night companies and stolen, according to the investigators’ theory. More than 565 million rubles were stolen as the result of this corruption conspiracy. However, police does not rule out that even more money were stole. It may very well be that out of the 6 billion rubles that the plant transferred to 5 third-party organizations 1.2 billion rubles more were stolen.
It is worth mentioning that the Plant claimed that police had no reasons to suspect its management. The Plant’s spokesperson claimed 9 arbitral tribunals confirmed that the contracts with NPO KP and Sinertek, as well as other companies, and payments under the contracts were legal.Meanwhile, Yuri Urlich, a former Head of the Plant, resigned. He did so in the wake of the scandal that led to several prison terms. Health issues were the reason he gave for the resignation. Gennady Raykunov, a former Head of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building, became the next Plant Head. Andrey Tyulin, a former employee of the Radioelectronnie Tekhnologii Group of Radio Companies, replaced him in 2014.
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