National Guard continues shake-up among former Internal Troops
Former Head of the MIA Internal Troops Management of Quartering and Construction Lieutenant-General Vladimir Panov is suspected of taking a bribe during construction in Adler.
The National Guard of Russia together with special services will initiate criminal cases against former high-ranking officers of the Internal Troops (IT) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. After a big arrest of ex-Deputy Commander in Chief of the MIA Internal Troops for financial and economic work Lieutenant-General Vyacheslav Varchuk under the case of a 170-thousand-dollar (10-million-ruble) kickback, security forces started working on his colleague. According to Life, former Deputy of Commander in Chief and former Head of the MIA Internal Troops Management of Quartering and Construction Lieutenant-General Vladimir Panov has been also placed under investigation.
The Military Investigation Department of the Southern Military District has instituted a criminal case against Panov under Part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking on a particularly large scale). According to the investigation, the lieutenant-general has lobbied the conclusion of a state contract between the agency and Spetsdorstroy for the construction of facilities in the 127th motorized regiment of MIA located in Adler. During construction, Panov patronized the company. In particular, he allowed the contractor to inflate the estimate and illegally change the design documentation through inclusion of works not provided for by the state contract. In addition, the Lieutenant-General ordered his subordinates to turn blind eye to the existing shortcomings and violations and accept the facility into service. The investigation has estimated the total damage caused to the state by Panov's criminal activities at about 20 million rubles (340 thousand dollars).
Naturally, the senior MIA officer used to receive ‘kickbacks’ from Spetsdorstroy for his services. So far, the investigators have established that Panov had received 2 PWCs and a motor boat worth 2 million rubles (34 thousand dollars) as a bribe. The equipment was discovered and seized at the general’s country house in the Konakovo district, Tver region. Panov denies his guilt. During the interrogation, he stated that the boat and personal watercrafts allegedly did not belong to him, and were only temporarily stored at his place at the request of construction workers. While the investigators do not rule out that the general did not limit himself to the PWCs and the boat.
It should be noted that another criminal case has been initiated on this matter against head of one of the centers of the construction customer, Colonel Litvinov, who was the one to sign the acceptance certificates. He is charged with negligence.
Life notes that ex-Deputy Commander in Chief of the MIA Internal Troops would not only supervise departmental construction projects but be an active property developer himself. For example, Lieutenant-Generalа Vladimir Panov has 4 houses and 6 land plots with a total area of more than a hectare registered in the name of his ex-spouse in Konakovo, Tver region.
Let us recall that March 6, the Moscow Garrison Military Court authorized the arrest of former Deputy Commander in Chief of the MIA Internal Troops Vyacheslav Varchuk in the case of a ‘kickback’ of 10 million rubles for assistance in raising funding for one of the agency's departments. Earlier, Varchuk’s subordinate had been arrested in the same case, namely Colonel Aleksandr Kostin, who used to work as deputy head of the MIA Internal Troops’ financial department.
Lieutenant-General Vladimir Panov was relieved of his post and dismissed from military service in May 2014. Panov headed the MIA Internal Troops Management of Quartering and Construction for 16 years. During his work, he had repeatedly found himself at the center of scandals. For example, in 2009, Panov allegedly forgot to declare 11 plots of land, 4 buildings, and 2 apartments owned by his wife, as well as deposits in the Savings Bank for a total amount of 20.7 million rubles (352 thousand dollars). After the scandal, the MIA officer divorced his wife (it is possible that the divorce was fictitious). In 2011, military prosecutor's office was checking the information on his possible involvement in concealing an embezzlement of 220 million rubles (374 thousand dollars), allocated for the reconstruction of the North-West Regional Command military hospital of the MIA Internal Troops. In 2011, it was also reported about the scandal surrounding the frauds during the purchase of 33 apartments for the Interior Troops servicemen in the Chelyabinsk closed city of Ozersk.