United Russia deputy monopolized supply of products for prisoners and earned $7m

United Russia deputy monopolized supply of products for prisoners and earned $7m
Gleb Popovtsev

Human rights activists suspected Gleb Popovtsev and the chiefs of the penal colonies (IK) in corruption.⁠

United Russia deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Novosibirsk region Gleb Popovtsev monopolized the supply of agricultural products to the penal colonies of the region.

As found out by the employees of the charity fund for helping prisoners Rus' Sidyashaya and journalists, from 2011 to 2017 the companies headed by Popovtsev concluded contracts with the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia (FSIN) of Novosibirsk for a total of 418 million rubles ($7m). Thus, the administration of IK-2, headed by Lieutenant Colonel of internal service Artem Yevseenko, concluded 11 contracts with Sibirskie Ovoshi LLC for the amount of more than 34 million rubles ($570.000); with Ovoschevod LLC, registered in the Republic of Altai, 43 contracts valued at almost 91 million rubles ($1.5m); with Yarkovsky LLC (liquidated in June 2015) - 59 contracts worth 138 million rubles ($2.3m); with Altai Selhozstorg LLC (liquidated in September 2016) - 11 contracts worth more than 34 million rubles ($5.7m); with Altair LLC - 18 contracts worth more than 46 million rubles ($771.100). All of the above mentioned companies are controlled by Popovtsev.

It is interesting that Lieutenant Colonel Artem Yevseenko headed the colony-settlement N22 until July 2016. This colony concluded 15 contracts with Ovoschevod LLC for the amount of more than 13 million rubles ($218.000) and 21 contracts with YHK Yarkovskoye LLC for more than 61 million rubles ($1m). It is interesting that as soon as Yevseenko became the head of IK-2, the succeeding management of the colony-settlement N22 ceased to announce state purchases. Meanwhile, contracts between IK-2 and Popovtsev's firms began to be concluded under former head of the colony Yuri Kuzmin.

Many-million purchases continue to this day. So, in April 2017, head of IK-2 Yevseenko posted proposals for participation in tenders for a total of 54.026 million rubles ($905.200) on the site of state procurement. All lots have exclusively agricultural orientation: the supply of seed potatoes, wheat, barley, fertilizers and herbicides, young pigs and the like. The only applications for participation in the auction were filed by two companies of United Russia Popovtsev – Yarkovskoe LLC and Sibirskie Ovoshi LLC.

Human rights activists believe that a certain corruption scheme has been worked out in the long-term joint activity of the deputy and the colony heads.

It is worth noting that state purchases are formalized under the guise of the production needs of the FSIN. Explaining why the colonies have such a huge amount of food, thousands of tons of grain, potatoes that they "can not digest physically," Alexey Fedyarov, the coordinator of the human rights department of Rus Sidyaschaya, suggested that the colony purchases products from agricultural enterprises and then announces auctions for the sale of surpluses, and other colonies buy these surpluses, but since double state procurement is impossible, the first purchase is formalized as production.

"First, a ton of potatoes is purchased by the colony from the agricultural enterprise, and then other IK buy this potato, which the colony allegedly produced. Overpaid at least twice," Fedyarov considers.

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