Businessman accused of Rosteс’s funds embezzlement died after a year and a half in pre-trial detention center

Businessman accused of Rosteс’s funds embezzlement died after a year and a half in pre-trial detention center

Doctors could not save him when the court finally placed Oleg Chernykh under the house arrest.

Oleg Chernykh, the deputy director general of Sinai OJSC and the defendant within the high-profile case of Rosteс’s funds' embezzlement, died in Moscow. Rosbalt pens this.

Advocates of a businessman, referring to the prescriptions of doctors, petitioned for transfer of Chernykh from SIZO, for the placement under house arrest. As a result, the court granted the petition only when the accused’s health deteriorated; the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center medical unit could not provide due medical assistance, after the release, he was urgently hospitalized and died without regaining consciousness, the source said.

Chernykh suffered oncological disease and underwent several surgeries. In December 2016, when the first preventive measure was chosen, the doctors stated that he wanted for in-patient treatment. However, the court ignored the arguments of the doctors.

The investigation into the embezzlement case, within which Chernykh was arrested, is being conducted by investigator of the 12th Department of the Investigative Unit of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moscow Nariman Veliev.

It is noteworthy that the same department also investigated the case of embezzling 7.5 billion rubles ($112.9m) by the leadership of the Ogni Moskvy bank, its former head Denis Morozov was arrested. He also suffered some severe illnesses; he was hospitalized in a serious condition from the SIZO; the banker slipped into a coma and later died.

Chernykh was charged with participation in an organized criminal group that stole funds from Moscow Design Bureau Compass OJSC and Prompostavka OJSC. Both enterprises are part of the Rostec Group of Companies and fulfill works under the state defense order. As the investigators believe, hundreds of millions of rubles were withdrawn through fly-by-night companies under fictitious contracts. The total amount of theft reached 2.5 billion rubles ($37.6m).

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