Hero of Russia gets ghost employee wages
A fraud case was instituted under Art. 159 of the Criminal Code; the damage from Rachuk’s actions is estimated at 2 million rubles ($29.290).
Rear Admiral Rachuk, the deputy head of the Naval Academy (Military Educational and Scientific Center) in St. Petersburg, is charged in the criminal case of swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code), Fontanka informs. He is accused of getting salaries of ghost employees.
The damage from Rachuk’s actions is estimated at 2 million rubles. The money was wired into the account of a person that did not actually work in the organization, with Rachuk spending it as he preferred. The rear admiral was rumored to have been using someone else's salary card since the spring. The investigators believe that the retired submariner Alexander Shpakov was the biggest ‘ghost’ of all. He headed the 506th Educational Red Banner Detachment of Scuba Diving on Vasilievsky Island between 2001 and 2009.
Rachuk was charged back in early July. Military ICR investigators are carrying out the probe. They came to Rachuk's Naval Academy office and his detached house in the St. Petersburg suburbs with a search warrant, but he was not locked up.
Rear Admiral Sergei Rachuk served on nuclear submarines since 1987. He became the commander of K-117 Bryansk in 1999. Rachuk and his crew led an expedition to the North Pole on a strategic submarine, K-84 Yekaterinburg, in August and September 2006, and launched an intercontinental ballistic missile through a four-meter ice layer at the Chizha range, the Nenets Autonomous District. Russian President Vladimir Putin made Rachuk the Hero of Russia for that.
Having received the award, the submariner took staff positions. He served as deputy commander of the Northern Fleet submarines division till 2010, then headed the naval department of the Western Military District, and after that, he took the post of Naval Academy deputy head.
There is no information about Rachuk’s income in the public domain, but he was known to have a 2017 Jaguar F-Pace worth about 3.2 million rubles and a 2014 Toyota Highlander in early 2018.
The detention is related to the investigation into the abduction and murder of Tatyana Sidorova, a deputy of the Ramenskoye District Legislature, and three members of her family, which occurred back in 2012.