Tumgoev’s case: director of largest factory for repair of submarines accused of bribe taking

Tumgoev’s case: director of largest factory for repair of submarines accused of bribe taking

The investigation theory is that Mikhail Chernechenko had received money for assisting structures of an Ingush tycoon Khasan Tumgoev in receiving of governmental contracts.

Office of investigations of the Federal Security Service accused a Chief Technology Officer of a ship-repairing center Zvezdochka Mikhail Chernechenko of bribe taking (article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) for assisting structures of an Ingush tycoon Khasan Tumgoev in receiving of governmental contracts, reports Rosbalt. The center dealt with repair and refit of submarines. Tumgoev is arrested on a charge of theft of funds received under work contracts with major governmental structures.

According to the agency’s sources, Chernechenko has been accused of two instances of bribe taking. The investigation theory is that he had received 250 thousand rubles ($3.8 thousand) for protection of OKS company and assisting in receiving of governmental contracts. Later, as investigators believe, extra 1.4 million rubles ($21 thousand) were paid to Chernechenko for arrangement of a bank guarantee necessary for establishment of a contract. The director of the ship-repairing center was released on his own recognizance.

The investigation believes that the owner of OKS and bribe-giver is Khasan Tumgoev. Earlier, the company tied up a contract with Zvezdochka worth of 1.5 billion rubles ($22 million). For this money, OKS had to execute works in the territory of the enterprise. The ship-repairing center transferred a deposit worth of 100 million rubles ($1.5 million) to the company. In 6 months, the contract was canceled. The Federal Security Service OKS executed no works and the money was stolen. Tumgoev has not been accused of it, so far.

Tumgoev is accused of theft of funds under a contract worth of 355 million rubles ($5.4 million) tied up between OKS and the research institute of metrology systems named after Yu. E. Sedakov located in Nizhny Novgorod. The contract was tied up in 2016. For this money, Tumgoev had to renovate one of the facilities of the institute to carry out various researches. Documents related to acceptance of some works were signed. The Federal Security Service believes that the significant part of works was not done. In particular, expensive cables were not pulled. At the present time, the damage is estimated at 10.4 million rubles ($158 thousand), however it may rise during the investigation. Tumgoev was arrested in December, 2018. Later, the head of OKS Maksim Nizdiminov was arrested, as well.

Sources of Rosbalt report that Tumgoev pleads not guilty. His theory is that works at the research institute were frozen by the decision of the client - due to the fact that the institute was merged with the Russian federal nuclear center - the All-Russian research institute of experimental physics. This center had similar facilities for experiences, and an issue was raised about practicability of works. The source of the agency notes that there’s a bank guarantee related to the contract. It means the client does not have any financial losses. One of the main witnesses for the investigation was an ex-employee of Rosatom who confessed that it was him who had arranged the contract for OKS for 10 per cent of its cost. He does not call the latter a ‘kickback’, but payment for the skill to professionally draw up documents and work with a client.

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