"Flew to Moscow to get the money." CEO of Rosneft subsidiary detained taking $17.000
The Investigative Committee has revealed some details of the criminal case against Andrey Bardin, the general director of Rosneft-Sakhalinmorneftegaz, detained by law enforcers in Moscow on September 9.
Andrey Bardin had come to Moscow for a short while, just to get his one million rubles ($17.000) from an unnamed company for an unhindered access to Rosneft tender. Bardin was eventually detained by the Ministry of Internal Affairs while accepting the money.
According to the investigation, RN-Sakhalinmorneftegaz CEO entered into a criminal conspiracy with a group of persons to make money by illegal means.
Yulia Ivanova, ICR representative, confirmed that there are signs of an offence violating part 8 of Art. 204 of the Russian Criminal Code (Commercial Bribery) in the actions of the Rosneft-Sakhalinmorneftegaz CEO.
Yesterday, Rosneft officially confirmed its top manager had been detained. Alexander Terentyev from the oil giant’s press service said it was Rosneft security service that exposed the attempted commercial bribery and involved the law enforcers, who conducted the operation to detain the suspect.
Sakhalinmorneftegaz is the operator of more than 30 licenses to develop oil and gas fields in Sakhalin. Andrey Bardin has been the CEO since May 2014. He has always worked in the oil industry, serving in the central office of Rosneft at one point. He was appointed general director of the Rosneft subsidiary after Igor Sechin had dismissed Bardin's predecessor Sergey Dryablov.
On September 11, the court will deliver the verdict to Andrey Bardin. The investigation remains ongoing.
The founder and president of the Izhevsk football club Gazovik-Gazprom, known today as Zenit-Izhevsk, and the oldest professional football player in Russia has been detained for 48 hours, until the lawyers provide documents confirming that the accused cannot be kept in a pre-trial detention center on medical grounds.