Police looking for shareholder of special communications supplier for Defense Ministry and Kremlin
Chingiz Agaronov is suspected of paying bribes.
The Tverskoy Court of Moscow ruled on the custody of Chingiz Agaronov, a citizen of Russia and Israel, co-owner of the Kaskad enterprise on bribery charges (Art. 291, part 5), RBC reports.
According to the publication, the investigation believes that Agaronov gave money to the leaders of the military acceptance committee monitoring the quality of the installation work at the facilities of the Strategic Missile Forces. Meanwhile, the Kaskad co-owner left Russia in 2016. The Moscow Central Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee in cooperation with the FSB are investigating the case.
According to SPARK, Agaronov is still a member of the Kaskad Board of Directors and a co-owner of the company. Since July 2018, the board of directors has been headed by Stanislav Puginsky, head of section at Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasyev and Co. Agaronov is on the wanted list, as follows from the materials read out in court.
The Agaronov case was severed from the charges against Oleg Kochan, the former head of the 590th military mission of the Ministry of Defense and Dmitry Tyurin, the leading expert of the mission. They were sentenced for bribery back in 2016. An investigation was also conducted against the Kaskad accountant, Natalia Yevropeitseva.
The court found that Lieutenant-Colonel Tyurin served under a contract as deputy head of the 4185th military mission of the Defense Ministry between April 2008 and December 2009 and deputy head of the 2757th military mission of the Defense Ministry and the leading expert of the 590th military mission of the Defense Ministry starting from February 2010. At the end of 2008, he was temporarily appointed acting head of the quality control and product acceptance team at the Kaskad Central Research and Production Association on Kochan’s order.
Through Yevropeitseva, the accountant, Kochan and Tyurin repeatedly received bribes "for committing acts that were within the official powers of the defendant" in favor of the company, according to the court decision. The case file mentions dozens of small payments worth more than 3 million rubles.
In addition, Kochan received a bribe of 30 thousand rubles from the general director of another company, Promstroyproekt LLC "for signing a contract for the supply of fiber-optic cable." The money transfer was monitored by the FSB, after which the men were detained.
Tyurin explained in his testimony that it was financial help in the form of small payments rather than bribes. Kochan said that material assistance was required due to lack of funds for the purchase of office equipment, furniture and renovation of premises.
However, the garrison court found both officers guilty. Tyurin was sentenced to 8.5 years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony and a fine of 11 million rubles, Kochan got 9 years in prison and a fine of 12 million rubles.
Kaskad produce is used by Ministry of Defense, presidential administration, government, State Duma, FSB, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and General Staff, the company's website says.
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