FSB general suspected of embezzlement explains his actions by financing DPR and LPR special operations

FSB general suspected of embezzlement explains his actions by financing DPR and LPR special operations
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Former Director General of the Departmental Security of Industry Objects of the Russian Federation (VOOP) FSUE Vladimir Podolsky is charged with embezzlement of budgetary funds allocated to an enterprise through fictitious employment.

The lawyer of FSB Major-General and Director General of the Departmental Security of Industry Objects of the Russian Federation FSUE Vladimir Podolsky, who is charged with the embezzlement of budgetary funds, said that his client carried out the secret state task and financed special operations in the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic, Kommersant reports. According to the defense, Podolsky would transfer funds allocated for the salaries of fictitious employees of the FSUE to the unrecognized republics.

During a jury trial at the Moscow District Military Court, Podolsky said that he was being “painted as some kind of monster” and that he did not embezzle any funds. His former subordinate – former Executive Director of the FSUE Andrey Polshchikov, who is additionally charged with an attempt on Military Investigator of the ICR Moscow Military Investigations Directorate Aleksandr Pautov – also supported his version. Polshchikov, whose wife and son were listed as assistants to the FSUE director general, said that the money they received as wages was transferred to Podolsky. Moreover, Polshchikov said that his salary was also transferred to the general. “According to him, he appointed these amounts in the interests of the FSB and our homeland,” Polshchikov said. 

Kommersant’s sources in law enforcement bodies note that the version of transfer of funds to the special services in the case of embezzlement was not mentioned and the defendants did not adhere to it during the investigation. The investigation believes the defendants would spend the money on their own needs. 

After the defendants made a statement about a “special operation by the FSB,” the prosecutor unexpectedly offered the court to make the journalists sign a pledge of secrecy, but he was refused. 

According to the federal prosecutor, working as heads of the enterprise in the period from 2012 to 2016, former Head of the VOOP FSUE Vladimir Podolsky and retired Colonel Andrey Polshchikov were embezzling budgetary funds. In particular, after entering into an agreement with former Adviser to the Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Colonel Sergey Gorbunov, and his sister, Podolsky fictitiously appointed their acquaintance Vladimir Bely to the post of adviser to the head of the enterprise. The accomplices would share the salary he received in 2012-2013 (more than 3.3 million rubles, or $49,462). This episode was investigated separately. The general was sentenced to a fine of 140 thousand rubles ($2,098).

Podolsky and Polshchikov are also charged with fictitious employment of the wife and son of the latter to the position of assistant general director of the FSUE. The investigation showed that in the period from 2012 to 2016, they did not show up for work, yet they received a salary, which in total amounted to 25.4 million rubles ($380,607). The investigation qualifies these actions as Swindling on an Especially Large Scale (part 4 of Art. 159) has been initiated against Leonov. 

In addition, the federal prosecutor said that Polshchikov decided to eliminate the investigator when a criminal case of fictitious employment was initiated. It was previously reported that it was him who had arranged the failed attempt on Military Investigator of the ICR Moscow Military Investigations Directorate Aleksandr Pautov. Polshchikov’s lawyer said these charges were untrue.

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