Ship repair contractor of Defense Ministry siphoned off $857.000 through homeless and alcoholics
The general director of SPTB Zvezdochka, who entered into contracts with one-day firms and fringe groups, was sentenced to 9 years in prison for embezzlement.
The court of the Murmansk region sentenced former general director of the production and technical base (SPTB) Zvezdochka Konstantin Khryukin to 9 years in prison and a fine of 900.000 rubles ($15.400) for multimillion fraud.
As established by the court and the investigation, in 2009-2010 Khryukin cashed 50 million rubles ($857.000) of budget funds allocated by the Ministry of Defense within the state contract for the repair of nuclear cruisers. In particular, the enterprise was to restore the technical readiness of the heavy nuclear-powered cruisers Peter the Great and Marshal Ustinov, the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Chabanenko and the strategic missile submarine cruiser Ekaterinburg. The top manager siphoned off the money through one-day firms, as well as through homeless and alcoholics. Subsequently, Khryukin spent the money on his own.
The general director of SPTB Zvezdochka was arrested in November 2016. Khryukin was convicted under part 4 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code (Embezzlement). In addition to the 9-year sentence, the businessman was sentenced to a fine of 900 thousand rubles.
Note that this is not the only case initiated against top managers of Zvezdochka. According to the online edition FlashNord, law enforcement agencies are investigating a number of cases of embezzlement in the repair of ships. The total damage, according to preliminary data, reaches 250 million rubles ($4.2m).
Established in 2003 Closed Joint-Stock Company SPTB Zvezdochka is a subsidiary of JSC Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center, a member of the group of companies of JSC OSK. The main activities of Zvezdochka are maintenance, repair, maintenance, modernization, installation and commissioning of weapons and military equipment (electromechanical, communications and automated control systems, radio engineering, reconnaissance and navigation), as well as the development and implementation of communication complexes and equipment.
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