Vasilyeva’s Oboronservis case won’t be reopened
The Superior Court declined cassational appeals to revise the sentence imposed on the principal suspect in the Oboronservis case.
The Superior Court of the Russian Federation did not revise the sentence imposed on Yevgeniya Vasilyeva, the former Head of the Property Department of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. “The Court declined to revise the convicts’ sentence, thus, dismissing their cassational appeals,” –court representatives told Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).
An investigation against former senior officials of the Ministry of Defense began in October 2012 due to billion-ruble embezzlements. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) initiated two high-profile criminal cases. One was related to larcenies in Oboronservis Joint Stock Company, while the other – to larcenies in Slavyanka Limited Liability Company. Yevgeniya Vasilyeva was the main suspect.
According to the investigation, the crime associates headed by Vasilyeva were selling properties belonging to the Ministry of Defense at understated prices through Oboronservis affiliates and some private companies.
Searches performed in Vasilyeva’s apartment located in the central part of Moscow found jewelry containing over 50 thousand gems (diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds) and 19 kg of gold and platinum. Experts estimate the cost of the values at some 130 million rubles.
Vasilyeva was sentenced to 5 years in a standard regime penal colony; part of the term she spent under home arrest, and after 3 months behind bars she was released on parole. Then the seized belongings were returned to her. Other suspects were sentenced to 3.5-5 year terms in a standard regime penal colony. Most of them have been also released on parole.
The criminal case, in which the Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov was a witness, resulted in his removal from this position. However, after a while he became a governmental official again.
While being under investigation, Vasilyeva attracted attention of media by exhibiting her paintings and singing songs. However, immediately after the release, she disappeared from the public sight. Last references to her name in media are related to a jewelry sales business in Moscow.
Former member of the Federation Council believes that this once again points to numerous violations and falsification of evidence during the investigation of his criminal case on charges of bribe-taking in the amount of 27.5 million rubles ($457 thousand).