Federal Guards Service colonel suspected of fraud with fuel supply to Crimea

Federal Guards Service colonel suspected of fraud with fuel supply to Crimea
Photo: Pyotr Kassin / Kommersant

The damage from Eduard Turta's actions is estimated at 20 million rubles ($304.7 thousand).

The Deputy Head of the Security Service in the Crimea of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (SOKR FSO), Colonel Eduard Turta, became named in a criminal case of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) during fuel supplies for heating state cottages in the region in 2017, reports Kommersant.

According to the investigators, Turta received from the supplier, the General Director of VAB-Neft LLC, retired Captain of the second rank Vadim Balyasny, fuel of lower quality than was required by the contract. The damage from fraud is estimated at 20 million rubles ($304.7 thousand). The Colonel does not admit guilt.

The possible involvement of the Colonel in the fraud became known after Balyasny and the manager of VAB-Neft LLC Anton Sysoyev were charged. Turta was detained by FSB operatives at his home in the Crimea. The Colonel was charged, after which he was convoyed to Moscow, where the 94th Garrison Military Court arrested him and sent to Matrosskaya Tishina jail.

The investigation believes that at the beginning of 2017, the leadership of SOKR FSO received an order to organize the uninterrupted supply of diesel fuel to three state summer cottages in the Crimea. 20.3 million rubles ($309.2 thousand) were allocated for this. The General Director of VAB-Neft Balyasny, who served in the Black Sea Fleet until 2006, agreed on payment after delivery of fuel. In March, June and July 2017, Balyasny concluded three state contracts with SOKR FSO for the supply of a total of 600 tons of Euro-5 diesel fuel. Up until November 2017, there were no claims to the supplier, but then the refineries raised fuel prices, and the Head of VAB-Neft stated at a meeting with the Head of the Crimean FSO service that he could not fulfill the state order at the established prices. Balyasny offered to either revise the terms of supply, or find another supplier. Neither one nor the other was done. According to the defenders of the VAB-Neft Head, in order not to interrupt supplies, he began to purchase lower-grade fuel. Turta, according to the investigation, signed acts of acceptance of fuel of lower quality. In total, from 30 to 40 tons of fuel not provided for by the state contract was delivered, says Balyasny’s defense. The last fuel truck arrived at one of the facilities in February 2018, and all the fuel was used for its intended purpose. Nevertheless, the management of SOKR FSO appealed to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation with a statement about the embezzlement of budget funds. The department recognized the Security Service as the injured party. This allowed the security forces to file a civil suit against Balyasny in the amount of 20.3 million rubles ($309.2 thousand).

Given the poor state of health, the Basmanny Court of Moscow changed Balyasny's preventive measure for house arrest. The VAB-Neft manager Sysoyev is also under house arrest, while Turta is still in the detention center. A source of Kommersant does not exclude that following the results of fuel quality examination, the Colonel's charge may be changed for Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The reason for this may be the lack of mercenary interest of Turta in the supply of lower-quality fuel.

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