Vice-rector of Moscow State Technical University faces 10 years in prison
The MGTU employee was suspected of embezzling 500 million rubles ($ 7,63 million) from the state budget.
Yevgeny Starozhuk, the vice-rector of Moscow State Technical University named after N.E. Bauman, and Oleg Garin, the CEO of Vtortsvetmet, were put on the list of suspects in the case of a large-scale embezzlement (part 4 of Article 159 CCRF) when executing a 500 million rubles state contract. Under the agreement, a new alloy of metals was supposed to be created. However, according to the investigation, the performers appropriated the allocated money and did not carry out scientific works, reports Interfax.
According to Starozhuk’s lawyer Suren Avanesyan, “the alloy was invented and complies with all the characteristics indicated in the technical specification,” as well as patented. The prosecution, says the defender, is based on the conclusions of experts working for the organization that lost to Baumanka at the relevant auction. According to their findings, the alloy made by the university has no scientific value, and the price for the execution of the given contract is too high. At the same time, the MSTU won the tender precisely because it offered a price lower than that of the mentioned organization.
The investigation petitioned the Tverskoy Court of Moscow to take the suspects into custody, but the persons of interest remain at large. The suspects face up to 10 years in prison.
Oleg Zaytsev had wide connections within the criminal world and law enforcement agencies. This is being related to an organized crime group headed by Ruslan Kilievich that had allegedly been patronized by a former Federal Security Service Directorate officer Oleg Natalchenko. The crime group had also been a core driver for almost disbanding the criminal investigation department of the police.