Military investigator jailed for 6 months for stealing 28 apartments in Moscow
The court sentenced Justice Colonel Vladimir Stadnik to 3 years in prison, but given the time he had spent in custody pending trial, he will be released by the end of the year.
The Moscow Garrison Military Court (MGMC) has convicted Justice Colonel Vladimir Stadnik, the senior investigator for especially important cases of ICR Chief Military Investigative Directorate, and Soslan Pliev, a surgeon of Vishnevsky’s Central Military Clinical Hospital, of stealing 28 apartments in Terletskaya Dubrava, a Moscow residential complex. However, the judge gave mild punishments to the defendants for the grand theft totaling 140 million rubles ($2.4m). The military investigator was sentenced to a 3-year imprisonment, but given the fact that Colonel Stadnik had been in custody since October 2014, he had already practically served his sentence. During the investigation, the defendant did not deny his involvement in the crime, but said the accusations were wrong and therefore refused to admit his guilt. His accomplice, Soslan Pliev, was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison.
Meanwhile, part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling on an especially large scale) provides for up to 10 years in prison. As reported by Kommersant, the prosecution found the verdict way too soft and has already prepared an appeal to the Moscow District Military Court.
As established by the investigation, Andrei Belousov, the former Chief of Defense Ministry’s Central Housing Commission, had masterminded the apartment thefts in Terletskaya Dubrava (62, Metallurgov Street). The case against him was made a separate proceeding because he had pleaded guilty. In 2010, Belousov involved Vladimir Stadnik (who at that time was the head of the housing distribution department of Defense Ministry’s Housing Department #159) and a military hospital doctor, Soslan Pliev. By means of paper forgery, the accomplices colluded to fraudulently seize ownership of 28 apartments belonging to the Ministry of Defense, for three years. They split some of the apartments, and gave the ownership right of others to people from their circle: friends, relatives and fellow servicemen who were not entitled to free housing.
We should note that Andrei Belousov’s name has been in a few similar criminal cases, and in December 2014 the Zyuzinsky Court of Moscow sentenced him to 4.5 years of imprisonment for apartment thefts from the Ministry of Defense, also in the capital.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).