FSB takes closer look at real estate of convicted ex-director of AO Slavyanka

FSB takes closer look at real estate of convicted ex-director of AO Slavyanka
Aleksander Yelkin and his accomplices

Using his corruption proceeds, Aleksander Yelkin bought, among others, a mansion where a theatre practitioner and an art tutor Konstantin Stanislavsky was born.

Ex-CEO of OAO Slavyanka which is close to Russia’s Ministry of Defense Aleksander Yelkin who was previously convicted of 130 million rubles ($1.9 million) kickbacks and theft of 84 million rubles ($1.9 million) is expected to be accused of other 15 instances of bribery in a profit-making organisation (article 204 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), reports Kommersant daily with reference to a source close to the Office of the Chief Military Procurator of the Investigative Committee of Russia. In the near future, Yelkin is going to be convoyed from the colony to Moscow to face more indictments.

Yelkin was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison in 2016. However, the investigations into the machinations of the ex-CEO of Slavyanka did not stop. Dozens of suspicious contracts with subcontracting parties of construction and repair works within the Ministry of Defense were exposed. The investigation believes that all the entrepreneurs involved in the performance of work had to pay kickbacks to Yelkin on a regular basis. The Office of the Chief Military Procurator chose 15 most major Slavyanka’s contracts and interrogated the subcontracting parties. 

According to some sources, the investigation followed a certain pattern: entrepreneurs were summoned to the Office of the Chief Military Procurator and explained that they might be prosecuted for bribery in a profit-making organisation. However, it appears from the explanatory notes that a party who cooperated with the investigation may escape responsibility. Thus, almost all of the entrepreneurs testified against Yelkin. The 15 new instances were formalized into separate criminal cases and attached to Slavyanka’s main case file. 

While interrogating Yelkin’s partners, the investigators concluded that he managed to hide a part of his criminal earnings. In particular, the investigation believes that he invested the funds into business-centres on Aleksandra Solzhenitsyna, Ivana Susanina and Klary Tsetkin streets. Famous theatre practitioner and art tutor Konstantin Stanislavsky was born and lived in the mansion (former manor house of Alekseevy near Taganskaya metro station) on Aleksandra Solzhenitsyna street. 

According to the source, at the present time, all three business-centers belong to entities formally not linked to Yelkin. However, the FSB (Russia’s Federal Security Service) operatives who had been escorting the investigation found that some of the shares in the owner-companies belong to Yelkin’s relative who lives in France which was the reason for the investigation to assume that the funds that had been received by the CEO of Slavyanka for the allocation of work of the Ministry of Defense were used to buy the real estate. If this theory is proved, all 3 business-centers can be arrested to compensate for the damage within the criminal case related to the kickbacks.

In August, 2016, Tverskoy district court of Moscow sentenced Aleksander Yelkin to 11 years in prison for receiving 130 million rubles ($1.9 million) kickbacks from contracting companies that carried out construction and repair works at the facilities of the Ministry of Defense, as well as for theft of 84 million rubles ($1.9 million) - an amount that was received by Yelkin’s BiS company that won a contract for the repair and cleaning of the Ministry’s buildings located on Arbat street in Moscow. Following an appeal, Yelkin’s sentence was reduced to 10.5 years. His four partners in crime were handed lesser prison terms. 1.1 billion rubles ($16.7 million) were seized from the businessman. 47 real estate items - including 11 apartments in Moscow, 3 residential buildings, and 9 land properties in Moscow region, as well as 2 residential buildings and 6 land properties in the city of Sochi - were arrested. If the new instances are proved, the term of imprisonment for the ex-CEO of Slavyanka will be extended to 15 years which is the maximum according to the article 204 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. 

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