Developers of state armament program accused of $ 3,73 million fraud
Managers of the Defense Ministry’s Institute allegedly concluded fictitious contracts with commercial organizations for the provision of services.
The court extended the previously imposed pre-trial preventive measures against the head of the Second Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry’s 46th Central Research Institute (CRI), Colonel Mikhail Kotov, and his deputy Vasily Kozlanzhi, in the case of 250 million rubles ($ 3,73 million) fraud. Until April 18, Kotov was banned from a series of actions, while Kozlanzhi remained under house arrest, RBC reports.
According to the investigation, from 2016 to 2018, Kotov concluded fictitious contracts with commercial organizations to which the Central Research Institute paid at least 250 million rubles for unfulfilled research projects. Kozlanzhi, as the investigation believes, paid wages to non-existent employees and thus stole 74 million rubles ($ 1,1 million).
The leaders of the Central Research Institute were detained in mid-November 2018. Kozlanzhi almost immediately asked for a plea bargain, but the military prosecutor’s office refused to do this, and the Institute’s deputy head refused to testify.
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