OAK Vice President Sergey Gerasimov released from detention center, his punishment commuted
The Investigative Committee considered him a participant in the theft of tens of millions of rubles allocated for the plane decoration of special air squadron (SLO) Rossiya.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation approved the indictment against the Vice-President of the United Aircraft Corporation (OAK), Sergey Gerasimov. The Investigative Committee considered him a participant in the theft of tens of millions of rubles allocated for the plane decoration of special air squadron (SLO) Rossiya. Finally, he was charged under a less harsh article, part 1 of Art. 285 (Abuse of Official Powers) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Under this article, he faces up to 4 years in prison instead of 10. Thus, the investigation concluded that the former OAK Vice President did not participate in the thefts, but, being in charge of contracts with the SLO Rossiya in the corporation, exercised poor control over their implementation, which resulted in fraud with budget funds. Moreover, Gerasimov's preventive measure was changed to recognizance not to leave and he was released from the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center.
According to The CrimeRussia, the vice president of the OAK and his two accomplices, managers of Vemina Aviaprestige, a company that creates and manufactures designs for VIP-planes, Vitaly Romanyuk and Sergey Davydov, were accused of fraud on a particularly large scale. They were arrested in October 2018.
The investigation believed that when fulfilling the SLO Rossiya contract for the re-equipment of three Yak-40 aircraft, the OAK drove up the prices. The defendants have embezzled the difference of 174 million rubles ($2.6 m), security officials believe.
Meanwhile, the source of PASMI is convinced that it is unlawful to charge the defendants with overpricing, since it is impossible to calculate the 'correct' price of the works performed due to their exclusivity. According to some reports, the criminal case against Gerasimov provoked his conflict with the senior Federal Guards Service (FSO) officer Sergey Markin.
As a result, Markin became the successor to Gerasimov as Deputy Chief of the operational management of the FSO, from which the latter was transferred to the OAK. But, according to sources, the FSO Head Dmitry Kochnev nurtured a plan to return Gerasimov to the department, which Markin would not let happen.