Novosibirsk medical center deputy head detained for stealing $19.7 million 

Novosibirsk medical center deputy head detained for stealing $19.7 million
Medical Research Center named after academician Meshalkin Photo: Komsomolskaya Pravda

There are searches underway at the National Medical Research Center named after academician Meshalkin.

Novosibirsk detained one of the deputy heads of the National Medical Research Center (NMITs) named after academician Meshalkin  in a case of Swindling (Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Laundering of Funds (Art. 174 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Interfax reports with reference to an informed source.

According to the source of the agency, searches are being conducted in the medical center.  Komsomolskaya Pravda says several FSB officers were present during the searches. The medical center continues to work in a regular mode, doctors are seeing patients.

It is reported that the case concerns the theft of over 1.3 billion rubles ($19.7 m) in the period from 2015 to 2018. At least 820 million rubles ($12.4 m) were legalized through accounts of affiliated organizations and other unidentified persons, the source of Komsomolskaya Pravda claims.

Kommersant pens that in 2018, the Novosibirsk police opened a criminal case on cartel collusion in the supply of drugs for Meshalkin NMITs. According to investigators, the suppliers received illegal income in the amount of more than 570 million rubles ($8.6 m) due to fraud in public procurement of medicines.

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