Damage in case of billion-dollar embezzlement in Arctic declined by $5.1m
Lawyers of the company RusAlliance system managed to prove in the Moscow Arbitrazh Court that one of the facilities was erected in accordance with the agreement and was taken into operation by the Defense Ministry.
The co-owners of the contractor RusAlliance system Dmitry Bushmanov and Alexey Eckert, accused of an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code), began to get acquainted with the materials of the criminal case. According to the investigation, Bushmanov and Eckert kidnapped 2.9 billion rubles ($49.9m) in fraudulent ways, which were allocated from the state budget for the construction of stationary objects of the radar and point of aviation at Cape Schmidt in the Iultinsky district of Chukotka and on Wrangel Island. Previously, businessmen were charged with a large amount of thefts in the amount of 3.2 billion rubles ($55.1m), but their lawyers were able to prove in the Moscow Arbitrazh Court that one of the facilities was built in accordance with the agreement and was taken into operation by the Defense Ministry. After the court's decision, the investigation reduced the amount of thefts by 300 million rubles ($5.1m).
According to lawyers of Bushmanov and Eckert, the construction of other facilities also went fine, but quite unexpectedly for the builders, the customer represented by GUIR-2 under Spetsstroy broke the contract and stopped financing. Also, lawyers argue that the customer refused to sign acts on the work performed, after which the company's employees stopped receiving their salaries. "Even the technical expertise, which was carried out on behalf of the investigators, showed the performance of works on Arctic sites for more than 1 billion rubles," lawyer Sokolov claims. Sokolov believes that the decision to separate a criminal case against Dmitry Bushmanov and Alexey Eckert from the previously initiated case against unidentified persons also does not meet the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code.
However, according to the investigation, businessmen simply confused the leadership of GUIR-2 regarding its capabilities. They invested a little money in design work ‘for the mind’, and then organized the theft of funds allocated subsequently.
At the request of the investigation, apartments belonging to entrepreneurs and their relatives were arrested in Moscow and Bryansk, as well as their bank accounts. Among them there were 2 apartments in the elite house No. 8 on Malaya Pirogovskaya Street with a total cost of 195 million rubles ($3.3m). In addition to the charges of embezzlement, the investigation also charged Dmitry Bushmanov and Alexey Eckert with Money Laundering (Article 174.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), since the deal was completed on October 2, 2014, shortly after RusAlliance system received the first money from GUIR-2.
In 2015, the members of the organized crime group were acquitted by the Moscow Regional Military Court, however, subsequently, the sentence was revoked by the Supreme Court, and the case was joined with that related to two other members of the gang.
A federal judge other than retired Catherine Forrest will consider the case of Razhden Shulaya, who is charged with the creation of a criminal syndicate and other crimes, in the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York.