State contracts auditor of Ministry of Defense arrested in Moscow
Maxim Kuksin is suspected of bribe-taking on an especially large scale.
On Thursday, Savyolovsky Court of Moscow sent the director of the audit department for state contracts of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Maxim Kuksin, into custody, reports Interfax.
By doing so, the court granted the investigation’s petition, sending the officer to a pre-trial detention center until September 17. Kuksin is suspected of receiving 11 million rubles ($ 175000) in bribes (part 6 of Article 290 of CCRF). He faces from 8 to 15 years in prison.
The Ministry of Defense refrained from commenting on the situation. A source of Vedomosti claims that officials from this department are usually held accountable for taking bribes when agreeing on contracts for the supply of weapons and other property purchased by the Ministry of Defense.
For example, in 2015, the former director of this department, Dmitry Nedobor, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for extorting bribes from a supplier of military communications systems, and in June, department head Yuri Yefimov received a term for a bribe to agree on the price of equipment for chemical and biological reconnaissance.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.