Former head of Oboronligistika imprisoned for deception of customs
The company imported Italian armored cars as vehicles for medical purposes.
The former head of Oboronlogistika, Yevgeny Bndar, received four years of a general regime penal colony and a fine of more than 11.5 million rubles ($ 170,000) for fraud with customs duties. The sentence was issued by the Presnensky Court of Moscow, RBC reported.
In 2011, the Oboronlogistika and Oboronservis signed a contract with the Ministry of Defense for the supply of 264 Italian Iveco LMV M65 armored vehicles. The cars were supposed to be acquired under the consignment note indicating “tanks and other combat self-propelled armored vehicles with or without armament” and were subject to a 20 percent customs duty. According to the investigation, the Russian customers decided to save money and referred military equipment in the invoice to the medical category. “As a result, more than 11 million rubles ($ 165,000) were stolen from the Russian Ministry of Defense,” Interfax quotes a representative of the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office.
Oboronlogistika is the only provider of transport services for the Ministry of Defense in the Republic of Crimea, the Kaliningrad Region, as well as in the Arctic and Kuril island areas.
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