Rostec intent on clearing its ranks
Main Investigations Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee in Moscow has opened a criminal case of fraud against Deputy Director General of the Rostec subsidiary, non-governmental organization Pribor, Oleg Gulin.
As the CrimeRussia’s sources expected, the Rostec corruption case will not be limited to two defendants, and the major state-owned corporation will continue cleaning its ranks. Yesterday, Main Investigations Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee in Moscow has opened a criminal case over fraud against Deputy Director General of the Rostec subsidiary, non-governmental organization Pribor, Oleg Gulin. He is suspected of committing a crime under art. 30 para. 3 and art. 159 para. 3 of the Russian Criminal Code (attempted fraud - meaning theft by deception, using official position - of large amount of cash).
Investigators believe that between April and June 2016, Gulin demanded 1 million rubles from the principal owner and founder of another commercial organization for unobstructed signing of a contract for the supply of products for the defense industry. In case of non-compliance, Gulin promised to use his official position to create insurmountable obstacles, which would prevent the victim from agreeing upon the technical documentation needed for the conclusion of the state contract. In turn, this would have prevented the company from supplying products. On June 14, the victim, operating under the control of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers, transferred 1 million rubles to the account of the suspect.
A source of Kommersant said that Gulin did not have time to bring his plan to fruition thanks to the security services of Rostec. Earlier, an informed source of the CrimeRussia reported that Rostec’s anti-corruption campaign was headed by the company’s Deputy Director General Nikolay Volobuev. His responsibilities, among others, include overseeing the company’s activities through FSB. Volobuev himself is an active security agent. In 2006-2007, he worked as the director for specific instructions at Rosoboronexport, and after that he was appointed Deputy Director of Rostec.
The cleaning has already brought its first results. Recently, law enforcers arrested Murad Safin, the ex-general director of the Moscow Design Bureau Kompas, which supplies radio navigation equipment and precision-guided munitions of the Defense Ministry. Also, security agents detained President of the Martial Arts Club N1, the former head of the defense open joint stock company Prompostavka, Ruslan Suleymanov. The investigation accuses Safin and Suleymanov of stealing more than 800 million rubles from Rostec. This money was withdrawn through fictitious contracts, which allegedly were important for Russia's defense capability, as the defendants claim. In the Tverskoy Court, Murad Safin demanded to immediately summon and question the Head of Rostec Sergey Chemezov, However, his request was ignored. In the end, the court arrested for two months the former general director of Kompas, his assistant Ekaterina Khlystova, first deputy Dmitry Manuilov, and the former head of Prompostavka Ruslan Suleymanov.
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