Penalty cancelled for blind Colonel who extorted 7 million euros

Penalty cancelled for blind Colonel who extorted 7 million euros
Yuri Gaidukov, picture taken between 2005 and 2007 Photo: Photo: Kommersant / Vladimir Dodonov

Yuri Gaidukov will have to pay a fine of 800 thousand rubles.

The Moscow District Military Court convicted the Colonel Yuri Gaidukov of extorting 7 million euros almost 10 years ago from Energomash space company.

The Colonel was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 800 thousand rubles. However, due to a serious illness, which resulted in Gaidukov almost losing his sight, the court released the defendant of the once high-profile case.

The resonant corruption lawsuit started in 2007. According to the Investigative Committee, Gaidukov was exacting 7 million euros from the space company. In return, the Colonel had to neglect violations discovered during an inspection. In particular, it was found that, despite the Government's export ban for dual-use engines, Energomash went on supplying their produce to the United States. Nikolay Seryh, the Head of Lord Enterprises Federal Bureau, and Alan Gogichev, the owner of Carven restaurant, where the negotiations were held, acted as intermediaries in the process of bribe-recieving.

In September 2007, after receiving the first tranche of one million euros, FSB officers detained Mr. Seryh, who was going to pass the money to Gaidukov at the exit from the company’s territory. The Colonel of the Ministry of Defense, in turn, had to pass a part of the bribe on to Zarina Farnieva, the Head of the Legal Department of the Audit Chamber.

While being in jail pending trial, Gaidukov almost entirely lost his vision. By 2009, the defendant had one eye blind and could not see properly with the other one either. In this regard, it took almost three years for him to study the case materials.

A noteworthy detail is that the other defendants were sentenced to real prison terms. Zarina Farnieva and Alan Gogichev received a 4-year sentence and a fine of 700 thousand rubles each. Lawyer Nikolay Seryh was sentenced to 5 years in prison and a fine of 800 thousand rubles.

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