Ex-head of Center for Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria accused of $91k embezzlement

Ex-head of Center for Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria accused of $91k embezzlement
Sergey Chvarkov

Sergey Chvarkov is charged with fraud with fictitious salaries.

Former Head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria Sergey Chvarkov is accused of embezzling 6 million rubles ($91 thousand) when implementing the state contract with a commercial company for 400 million rubles ($6.06 million), Kommersant reports. He is charged with Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159). 

Earlier, Chvarkov, who currently holds the post of deputy chief of the Military Academy of the General Staff, was a witness in this case. The charge was brought against him after another interrogation. The general was not detained. Instead, a preventive measure in the form of the prohibition of certain actions, the conditions of which the publication compares with house arrest, was elected for him: Chvarkov was allowed to have three-hour walk in the mornings and evenings. 

The investigation believes that Chvarkov came up with a scheme for embezzlement of funds when implementing the contract between the Military Academy of the General Staff and JSC NPO RusBITekh, which is developing information systems and information protection systems. Several civilians were seconded to RusBITech, who received salary for three years. According to the investigation, in fact, they were “ghost employees”, whose wages were appropriated by Chvarkov. In the case, there are several persons who handed over envelopes to the general, which "felt like money.” 

According to the general’s lawyer Pavel Lapshov, the investigation does not have any direct evidence of the involvement of his client in the embezzlement. Lapshov noted that Chvarkov was responsible for interacting with commercial companies on state contracts, but had no relation to the financial component.

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