Military prosecutors initiated case against their whistleblower

Military prosecutors initiated case against their whistleblower
General Military Prosecutor of Russia Sergey Fridinsky

The Colonel is accused of embezzling 9.6 million rubles

The 235th Moscow Garrison Military Court held a hearing upon the case of former Deputy Head of the Bureau of Internal Affairs of the Main Military Prosecutor's Office (MMPO) Oleg Zub, Kommersant writes. According to investigators, Zub appropriated 9.6 million rubles, given to him by general director of LLC Stroyuniversal Anatoly Kurilovich for termination of the criminal prosecution against the businessman. However, according to the businessman, the senior employee of the Prosecutor's Office did not fulfill the promise.

The state prosecution said that the defendant's guilt is considered proven and asked to condemn him for eight years in prison and 510 thousand rubles fine, while depriving him of all his military ranks and awards. Lawyer of the suspect Ruslan Murtazaliev stated that the case was fabricated by military prosecutors, who suffered from the actions of Oleg Zub. The lawyer argued that there were no sufficient evidences of his guilt, and therefore he requested to discharge the Colonel.

Colonel Zub became known in 2008 after exposing the schemes of receiving land plots by military prosecutors. According to him, prosecutors expanded the list of Ivushka garden community’s members near the Nakhabino village in the Krasnogorsk district and received land plots here. With similar scheme land plots were obtained in garden communities – Zvezda, Novaya Zvezda, Voennosluzgashiy. Then, in the list of suspects there were names of the Prosecutor’s General Office employees. This case is under the personal control of Yuri Chaika and still under investigation.

As the result, a criminal case against Zub was initiated under parts 3 and 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling on large and an especially large scale). The reason for the initiation was the appeal of businessman Anatoly Kurilovich. He said that the Colonel received money in the amount of 1 million rubles for an audit’s termination in the entrepreneur’s company Stroyuniversal, followed by another 8.6 million rubles for the termination of the criminal prosecution in respect of the merchant. However, according to Kurilovich, the Prosecutor's Office officer failed to fulfill his obligations. As a result, the audit was conducted and Colonel Zub was arrested; the criminal case in relation to two counts was initiated.

The lawyer of the defendant contended that, according to the testimony of Zub, Kurilovich addressed to Head of the MMPO Sergey Fridinsky asking "to find common ground with the investigation", after which the department Head gave Zub instructions to solve the issue. The Colonel, having examined the question, did not find legal grounds to solve the problem and, therefore, refused to help the entrepreneur, for that he slandered Zub. The defendant has repeatedly tried to challenge all MMPO’s solutions against him, but the Garrison and District Military Courts in Moscow rejected the claims.



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