Ministry of Defense employees charged with embezzlement of 70 million rubles - for determining borders in Arctic region

Ministry of Defense employees charged with embezzlement of 70 million rubles - for determining borders in Arctic region
Sergey Travin, head of the navigation and oceanography department of the Ministry of Defense

Employees of Russia’s Ministry of Defense undertook a tendering procedure while in fact there was no need for works.

The Saint Petersburg Court took on a case on the embezzlement within the establishment of external boundaries of Russian continental shelf in the Arctic region. Sergey Travin, head of the navigation and oceanography department of the Ministry of Defense, Leonid Shalnov, head of the department’s oceanographic directorate, Alexey Glazko, deputy head of the 280 Central Cartography Production bureau, and Boris Saveliev, head of Prominvest LLC are charged with embezzlement of almost 70 million rubles. These four are found guilty under part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Swindling committed on an especially large scale).

In order to proceed with an application to the United Nations for expanding Russia’s territory in the Arctic region, additional documents ought to be provided. To prepare this application - in May 2014 by the order of Sergey Donskoy, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia - the interdepartmental commission was launched. Among others, Sergey Travin and Alexey Glazko were included in it. They proposed to conduct additional hydrographical explorations, and money for this research program was allocated from the budget of the Ministry of Defense. Alexey Glazko delivered an opinion that justified the need for additional works. In fact, there was no need for it, Kommersant daily states.

In November 2014 a tendering procedure was undertaken. Two companies submitted a bid - Central Cartography Production bureau and Prominvest LLC. The latter became the bidder that was awarded the contract, even though it offered the lowest price - 69.172 million rubles. However, the investigation officers stand assured of the fact that both companies are owned by Boris Saveliev. For this purpose, Prominvest LLC hired subcontracting parties. As for the certificate of completion, it was signed later. The question is whether these works were conducted in real life or it’s just tokenism.

The headline is that there was no a shadow of the requirement for satellite images and orthophotographs. They were not intended to be used during issuing new hydrographical charts or fixing the old ones.

Meanwhile, 224 Court of Military Justice refused to hear a case - due to the fact that confidential data of the External Affairs Ministry of Russian Federation were revealed. Instead, the case was forwarded to a higher court - Leningrad Regional Military Court.

The remarkable thing is that Sergey Travin is also connected to another criminal case - for his previous place of employment which is Hydrographic equipment repair factory. In the summer of 2012, he dismissed the factory’s chief accountant. He paid her 2.1 million rubles as a golden handshake. The next day, she was hired on a part-time basis. He is charged according to Article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Misappropriation or Embezzlement) and Article 201 (Abuse of Authority). Travin also has a number of reprimands placed in his employment files. 

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