Crimea: Defendants in $314 thousand-fraud on state dachas released from custody
After their release, the defendants involved in the case of frauds with fuel allocated for the state ‘dachas’ were forbidden to communicate with witnesses in the case, as well as to use mobile phones, the Internet and to leave the place of residence for a long time.
In Crimea, two defendants in the case of frauds with fuel for state village houses (‘dachas’) for more than 20 million rubles (about $314 thousand) were released from custody, Kommersant reports. Vadim Balyasny, the general director of the VAB-Oil supplier company, and Anton Sysoyev, the company's manager, were forbidden to communicate with witnesses in the case, use mobile phones and the Internet, and to leave the place of residence for a long time. The ban is valid until the end of the investigation of the case. The deputy head of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Crimea, Colonel Eduard Turta, remained in custody.
The case of fraud on a large scale (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) was opened in the spring of 2018. The investigation believes that at the beginning of 2017, the security service of the Crimea was supposed to supply 20.3 million rubles (about $314 thousand) from the budget for the state dachas. In March, June and July, Vadim Balyasny concluded three contracts with the Federal Security Guard Service for the supply of 600 tons of fuel. In November, oil refineries increased selling prices for fuel, and Balyasny proposed to revise the terms of supply or find other suppliers, but the department refused to consider his proposals. As a result, the general director of VAB-Oil purchased low-quality fuel. From 30 to 40 tons of such fuel were delivered to the dachas, the last batch was delivered in February 2018.
After the start of the investigation, Balyasny, Sysoyev and Turtu were sent to a SIZO. Later, the employees of VBA-Oil were transferred under house arrest.
It was reported that in the past, Vadim Balyasny served as a Captain of the second rank and resigned in 2006. At the same time, he allegedly took part in events in the Crimea in March 2014 and was awarded the medal "For the Return of the Crimea."
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.