Again in the ranks: Anatoly Serdyukov became defense plant's top manager
The ex-Defense Minister, it seems, has restored his prestige and status after a corruption scandal.
Ex-Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov joined the JSC Bryansk Electromechanical Plant (JSC BEP) Board of Directors, informs Gazeta.ru. The plant is known for its work on the orders of the Ministry of Defence and is part of the military-industrial complex.
According to SPARK-Interfax, BEP is owned by state corporation Rostech (25%) and Concern Radio-electronic technology (75% of stake). Note that Serdyukov is associated with Rostech since the autumn of 2015. In October of the year before, he was appointed the industrial director of the Aviation Industry Corporation. Serdyukov also joined the board of directors of one of the Rostech's structures - the holding company Russian Helicopters , and, in the autumn of 2016, he joined the board of the state corporation.
Recall that the ex-Minister of Defense was listed as the general director of the Moscow region of the Federal Research and Testing Engineering Center (FIITS M), which is also included in the structure of Rostech, since 2013. However, in November 2016, he wrote a letter of voluntary resignation, arguing that he wanted to focus exclusively on the aviation cluster. Sources close to Serdyukov reported that problems of a small enterprise distract him from the main business. However, the staff of FIITS M noted that the ex-Minister did not come at the center and, in fact, all matters were solved by his deputy. Media reported that from 1990 the company was losing money, and in the last year it worked on the verge of bankruptcy. The three-year reign of Serdyukov in FIITS M does not improve the situation.
Despite the desire of the ex-Minister to focus on the aviation cluster, he joined the Board of Directors of the Bryansk Electromechanical Plant, which is doing much better. The company is fed by the Defense Ministry's orders: electronic warfare systems, radio control stations and electronic intelligence are developed here, as well as data reception and processing of satellite. But BEP has the equipment for the civil sphere. So, in 2016, the plant has fulfilled 14 contracts for a total amount of 625 million rubles.
Former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has acquired his popularity in 2012, when the scheme of a large-scale embezzlement of state property in the Ministry came to light. It was instituted the so-called case of Oboronservis, the key supernumerary of which was former Head of the Department of Property Relations of the Ministry of Defense Evgenya Vasilyeva; she received 5 years in prison for stealing more than 800 million rubles. In August 2015, the court released her on parole. Serdyukov himself was charged under article Negligence, but, in 2014, he escaped the punishment falling under an amnesty in connection with the 20th anniversary of the Constitution. The criminal case was closed.
Since early February, there has been a preventive operation of the National Police of Ukraine in cooperation with the border and migration services called ‘Migrant’. Its aim is to identify and expel thieves in law and foreign crime lords out of the country.