Accused of embezzling $26 million Canning Factory ex-head chirps FSIN sidekicks

Accused of embezzling $26 million Canning Factory ex-head chirps FSIN sidekicks
Pavel Belikov made a deal with investigators

Pavel Belikov, the former Director of the Canning Factory of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) of Russia, concluded a pre-trial agreement with the investigation.⁠

Former Minister of territorial development of the Saratov region and former Director of the Canning Factory of the FSIN of Russia Pavel Belikov decided to cooperate with the investigation. The businessman, accused of embezzling 1.5 billion rubles ($26m), has already chirped the names of his accomplices. In addition, he provided the names of the FSIN officials, to whom he gave bribes, and is ready to confirm the testimony during the face-to-face interrogation, Kommersant reports.

The Canning Factory of the FSIN of Russia, located in the city of Engels, Saratov region, produces foodstuffs for the needs of the FSIN institutions throughout the country. According to the investigation, Belikov stole about 1.5 billion rubles ($26m) from the budget in the course of selling 441 state contracts. Investigators believe that he transferred the funds received to the accounts of companies controlled by him, among which there are Agromiks LLC, Master-Conditer LLC, Metis LLC and Mejik LLC. Initially, in the case involved only unidentified persons except for Belikov, but at one of the hearings it became known that the Director of the factory had confessed to the crimes imputed upon him and had concluded a deal with the investigation.

Presumably, thanks to his testimony the CEO and founder of Agromiks LLC Andrey Anoshin and Mger Kirakosyan, who is also the CEO of confectionery company Napoleon, were detained. Together with Belikov they are involved in the case of embezzling 65 million rubles ($1.1m) from the public funds. According to the investigation, the former Head of the Canning Factory concluded an agreement with Master-Conditer LLC, located at the same address with Agromiks, for purchasing raw materials for margarine production at an overpriced price. Then the entrepreneur appropriated the money transferred by contract to him. It is worth noting that detainees Anoshin and Kirakosyan also went on a deal with the investigation. Despite this, the court refused to change the measure of restraint for all detainees for house arrest.

Belikov also gave the investigators the names of high-ranking officials of the FSIN, to whom he gave bribes. At the same time the entrepreneur is ready to confirm his words during investigative experiments and face-to-face interrogations. The Investigative Committee has not commented on this information yet, and the names are not disclosed.

Pavel Belikov was arrested May 16, 2016 at the airport of Saratov. He was charged under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling on an especially large scale). At the moment the property of Belikov and his family has been arrested: an apartment, a garage and a Lexus RX450h car belonging to the suspect's son, as well as a private house, a three-room apartment and cropland with pastures near Algaysky village in the Saratov region, owned by the entrepreneur's wife.

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