Rosatom subsidiary ex-financial director arrested on suspicion of taking bribe of $233 thousand
Vladimir Schennikov and his accomplices received money from competitors for not participating in state electronic auctions.
A court in Moscow has arrested the former Financial Director of the Research Institute of Technical Physics and Automation (NIITFA) JSC Vladimir Schennikov for two months on charges of taking bribes totaling about 15 million rubles ($233.4 thousand), reports TASS, citing a source in law enforcement agencies.
According to the source of the agency, Schennikov is charged with about 20 counts of taking bribes for actions in favor of the bribe giver (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). He does not admit guilt. The source noted that there are several other defendants in the case, whom the court also imprisoned.
The case was opened in 2018 by the Investigation Directorate of the Southern Administrative District of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for Moscow. According to investigators, Schennikov received bribes from late 2016 to early 2018.
It is reported that Charushin V.B, who used to work in the field of maintenance of medical equipment, was arrested on charges of mediating the transfer of bribes. The chief engineer of the Radiy Installation Company (MF Radiy) affiliated with NIITFA was also placed under house arrest. He admitted to cashing money.
According to the investigators, Schennikov and other representatives of the institute’s management made decisions on submitting applications of NIITFA and MF Radiy for participating in state electronic auctions. Charushin, who was familiar with a wide range of managers of organizations that maintain medical equipment, inclined them to transfer bribes for non-participation of the institute and company affiliated with it in these auctions.
NIITFA founded in the 1960s is an enterprise of the Rosatom Corporation. The products of the institute are supplied to all states that use nuclear power plants with water-water energetic reactors (VVER) built according to Soviet and Russian projects. The equipment developed at the institute operates in Peru, Vietnam and Bangladesh.