Ex-commanding officer of Russian Aerospace Forces condemned for transfer of training range for construction of housing complex

Ex-commanding officer of Russian Aerospace Forces condemned for transfer of training range for construction of housing complex
Colonel Nikolay Koshechkin

The military man did not record an RF MOD’s piece of ground with ammunition depots in the land register.

Moscow region’s Odintsovo garrison military court has found guilty an ex-commanding officer of Ikra-1 military unit of the Russian Aerospace Forces Nikolay Koshechkin, having sentenced him to 8.5 years in a colony with strict regime, reports Kommersant.

According to the case file, the accused - during his tenure as deputy commanding officer of the military unit in 2008 - did not record an RF Ministry of Defense piece of ground with ammunition depots in the land register. Instead, Koshechkin offered local businessmen to take 22.6 hectares of the training range as private property. The businessmen did so. Koshechkin provided a new owner of the lands, a CEO of Directorate for capital construction of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation Evgeny Leonov, with soldiers and equipment for clearing work for construction of a high-end housing complex Schastiye (Russian for Happiness).

The matter was revealed during inspection of the military unit by the secret service of the Federal Security Service in spring, 2017.

Besides that, 35 ampules of morphine and 40 ampules of promedol written off the inventory (the ampules had been transferred to the commanding officer by his subordinates) - as well as unregistered vintage revolvers Lefaucheux and Defender, a muzzle-loading caplock gun and its ammunition, cartridges for modern firearms and an explosive - were found during the searches in Koshechkin’s military unit.

Besides medical supplies, Koshechkin lived on arms sale. With that, it was found out he had sold a few C-300 gas turbine energy units.

The accused was found guilty of misappropriation on a large scale (item 3 of article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), abuse of official powers entailing grave consequences (item 3 of article 285 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation, or bearing of firearms, its basic parts, ammunition, explosives, and explosive devices (article 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), as well as their stealing (article 226 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), and stealing or exportation of narcotic drugs (articles 229 and 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

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