Dagestan Major stole $74 thousand from Defense Ministry
The Chief of the auto service forged documents on the repair of military equipment.
A court in Dagestan sentenced the Chief of the automotive service of the military unit of the city of Buynaksk, Major Pavel Kuzkin, to four years and six months in a general regime colony for fraud on an especially large scale. As the court found, the Major caused damage to the Ministry of Defense estimated at 4.8 million rubles ($74.2 thousand), according to Chernovik.
According to investigators, between 2015 and 2016, Kuzkin reported on the completed repair of military equipment, which in fact was not performed. The Major acted as part of an organized group and forged documents, as well as sold spare parts for vehicles of the military unit.
The court deprived Kuzkin of the rank of Major, and also banned him from occupying posts “related to the performance of organizational and administrative functions in state and local government for a period of 1 year.” In addition, the defendant is obliged to cover the damage caused to the Ministry of Defense.
Several new criminal cases against corrupt officials have been instituted in Dagestan. The high-ranked suspects include Abdulmedzhid Suleimanov, ex-Mayor of Izberbash; Amir Magomedov, ex-Head of the Izberbash Administration; Magomed Dzhelilov, Head of the Derbent District; and El’dar Karagishiev, Head of the Babayurt District. In the past, all of them were suspected of similar crimes – but somehow managed to get off the hook. The new arrests occur amid the anti-corruption campaign in the republican law enforcement structures. What are the true reasons behind the new wave of the personnel purge? Can the anti-corruption slogans conceal a fierce battle waged by local clans for redistribution of assets with the purpose to create a new ‘untouchable’ elite in Dagestan?