FSB targets Interior Minister deputy Makhonov in corruption case
The day before the special services detained the head of the Special Machinery and Communication (STiS) FSO and charged him with abuse of official powers. The FSB believes that Makhonov may be complicit in a crime detected.
The officers of the Department M of the FSB of Russia had questions to the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), Alexander Makhonov. According to Kommersant referring to sources, from 2012 to 2015 he headed the Department of Information Technologies, Communication and Information Protection of the MIA and was the direct curator of the FSO Special Machinery and Special Communication. On the eve, the interim head of this research and production association, Andrey Nechaev, was detained right at the opening of the XXI International Exhibition Interpolitekh 2017 with the participation of Minister Kolokoltsev. Nechaev was taken to the STiS office in Moscow, where searches were conducted. Then they continued at the place of residence of the head of the FSO. In the evening, the detainee was questioned at the Main Investigative Directorate (MID) of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR). The investigator made a decision to involve the interim head of the STiS as a suspect in a criminal case targeting Abuse of Official Powers entailing grave consequences (part 3 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code). At the request of the investigation, the Basmanny District Court took Andrey Nechaev into custody for two months.
It transpired that the employees of the Department M of the FSB had been monitoring the STiS activities for six months already. In particular, the special services found out that Nechaev abused his official position when creating a hardware and software complex for the MIA, consisting of several subsystems and programs. For example, the economic security program for the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption (GUEBiPK). To create programs for the information system, state contracts with a total value of more than 1.5 billion rubles ($26m) were signed. Contractors failed to meet the deadlines for all the works, but all work was paid for. This is due to the need to close the accounts in the accounting department, so that it was not necessary for unspent funds to be returned to the budget. At the same time Nechaev is suspected to have received large payoffs from the contractors. Now the Chekists are checking the role of Deputy Minister Makhonov in this story.
The MIA and the ICR have not officially commented on the searches carried out and the detention.
The employees of security agencies are reported to use the products of the enterprise Special Macinery and Communication when carrying out operational search activities. Among other things, the STiS is engaged in creation and implementation of special technical means, including personal armor protection, special armament, operational and forensic technology, communications and special transport.
In the 1990's Alexander Makhonov worked in the Moscow City Hall, where he addressed the issues concerning development of television systems and telecommunications. In March 1999, he was appointed General Director of Mostelecom OJSC, a company developing cable television networks and the flagship of the telecommunications market of the city. Since August 2006, Makhonov served as advisor to the General Director of MTK Telecom group of companies. From 2006 to December 2009, he was a strategic consultant for leading Western European companies - telecommunications operators, manufacturers of telecommunications equipment and software. Then he became the General Director of Elektronnaya Moskva OJSC (Electric Moscow), established for the active implementation of modern information technologies, further development of the information and communication infrastructure in the capital and providing access for Muscovites to information resources. Since November 2012, Makhonov held the post of Head of the Department of Information Technology, Communications and Information Security of the MIA. In February 2015, Makhonov was appointed Deputy Interior Minister by presidential decree.
Major general Igor Vasiliev, Head of the Engineering Support Service of the Federal Protection Service (FPS), and lieutenant general Ulitin subordinate to him are currently in the middle of a scandal. However, it is unlikely that they lose their posts. Reportedly, the two generals are just the tip of the huge corruption iceberg in the law enforcement structures. This is not the first embezzlement episode in their careers.