Ex-Colonel of Main Military Prosecutor's Office Internal Security Department gets 5.5 years in prison for 9.6-million-ruble fraud
Oleg Zub’s lawyer called the verdict a revenge for exposing his client. The convicted was investigating fraud committed by military prosecutors with summer cottages in the Moscow suburbs.
The 235th Garrison Military Court in Moscow found ex-Deputy Head of the Internal Security Department of the Main Military Prosecutor's Office (GVP) Colonel Oleg Zub guilty of fraud.
As determined by the court and investigation, in 2012, Colonel Zub received from businessman Anatoly Kurilovich 1 million rubles for terminating the checks on the company Stroyuniversal, and then, another 8.6 million rubles for the termination of the criminal prosecution in respect of the entrepreneur. However, according to Kurilovich (who appealed to the law enforcement authorities), the Prosecutor's Office failed to fulfill its obligations. For these episodes, two criminal cases under part 3 of Article 159 and part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling on a large and especially large scale) were initiated against Zub.
The court sentenced Zub to 5.5 years in a penal colony, and stripped him of his titles and awards. It should be noted that the prosecution asked 8 years in prison for the person of interest.
Oleg Zub and his lawyer fundamentally disagree with the verdict. From the very beginning of the investigation, they claimed that the businessman Kurilovich slandered Zub as the officer refused to provide unlawful assistance. In addition, the defense argues that the indictment of ex-employee of the Internal Security Department of GVP is the result of revenge for exposing the prosecutors. Colonel Zub became well-known in 2008 after exposing the schemes according to which the military prosecutors received land plots. According to him, the officers managed to expand the list of members of the garden community Ivushka near the village of Nakhabino in the Krasnogorsk District and got land there. A similar scheme was used by them in order to receive land plots in other communities - Zvezda, Novaya Zvezda, and Voyennosluzhashiy. Then, the list of suspects included a number of high-profile GVP employees. This case is under the personal control of Yuri Chaika and is still under investigation.
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