Sweden charges Russian national in Bombardier bribery case

Sweden charges Russian national in Bombardier bribery case
Bombardier manager is suspected of bribing Azerbaijani officials

According to investigators, Evgeny Pavlov gave bribes to Azerbaijani officials to ensure Bombardier won at a state tender.

Swedish law enforcement agencies brought bribery charges against Evgeny Pavlov, who works in Bombardier’s Canadian branch. According to the investigation, Pavlov, who holds the post of deputy general director for Bombardier Transportation business development, bribed an Azerbaijani official to ensure victory in a tender for the supply of a new railway signaling system. The contract price was $340 million, wrote Republic.

The Russian citizen was arrested in early March, but his name had not been disclosed until now. Pavlov denies any wrongdoing.

The Swedish police suspected Bombardier of writing the tender documentation after Novaya Gazeta and Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) joined their efforts working on the Panama Papers.

It turned out that Bombardier participated in some questionable transactions. In particular, selling railway equipment to the Russian company Bombardier Transportation (Signal), co-owned by Russian Railways. The transaction was done through offshore companies, which helped increase the price from $19 million to $100 million.

In April 2016, Novaya Gazeta released its findings on Panama Papers, leaked documents of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm engaged in establishment and legal support of offshore companies. The company’s clients included some public figures, sportsmen and politicians from Russia and other countries. For instance, it was found that Bombardier products were supplied to Azerbaijan through two shell companies associated with the Krapivin family, close friends of Russian Railways former CEO Vladimir Yakunin.

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