Producers of rations for Ministry of Defense and Rosgvardiya detained
They are charged with swindling on an especially large scale.
There are first defendants in the case of swindling in the supply of products for the Ministry of Defense and the National Guard of Russia (Rosgvardiya). According to RBC, they are co-owner of the Baryshsky Meat-Processing Plant Mikhail Lakshin, director and owner of the Baryshsky Cannery Mikhail Rodnikov, and director general and owner of OPK (Oboronprodkomplekt) Dmitry Atroshchenko.
The suspects were detained on October 13, and already the following day, the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow ruled to place them in custody.
All three businessmen are charged with Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code).
The investigation believes that the aforementioned swindling has been committed by a group of at least ten persons by previous concert. There are two episodes of swindling in the supply of rations for the National Guard and the Ministry of Defense. In the first episode, the swindlers have artificially inflated the value of goods and thus stole 98 million rubles ($1.7 million) from the budget. In the second episode, it is assumed that the defendants have pulled a scam with the rations, thereby embezzling 122 million rubles ($2.12 million).
The criminal case was initiated after the Main Military Prosecutor's Office conducted several checks. Having examined the rations supplied to the National Guard and the Ministry of Defense by the Baryshsky Meat-Producing Plant, the law enforcers found out that some of them are inedible.
The Baryshsky Meat-Producing Plant was founded in 1958. The company is engaged in the production and supply of various canned food and rations for power structures.
42-year old Mikhail Lakshin owns 74% shares of the Baryshsky Meat-Producing Plant. 26% of shares are owned by Voentorg, which, in turn, belongs to the Ministry of Defense’s Garnizon Holding.
Mikhail Rodnikov, 40, is the owner of 100% shares of the Baryshsky Cannery. Rodnikov also owns BMF, which produces overalls, according to SPARK-Interfax.
Dmitry Atroshchenko, 46, is the director general and owner of 100% shares of OPK. In the past, this company was also engaged in the supply of rations for the internal troops. In addition, Atroshchenko owns 50% shares of Voensab (selling cars and equipment) and is the director general and owner of the Mtsensky Meat-Processing Plant.
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