FSB wiretapping Roskomnadzor officials within six months
Details of the suspects' surveillance, which was conducted by special services for several monthes, became known. Part of the materials of the criminal case against press secretary of Roskomnadzor Vadim Ampelonsky and other employees of the department is classified. Ampelonsky is forfidden to comment on this topic.
The detention of high-ranking Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) employees was preceded by a large-scale FSB operation to verify information about fraud in the department, Kommersant reported. Special services officers wiretapping telephone conversations of suspects, monitored the movement of funds on their accounts and collected data from ATMs that they used. When enough materials were collected, they were sent to the Investigative Committee, which initiated a case under Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code).
Defendants in the case became head of the Roskomnadzor legal department Boris Edidin, head of the press service Vadim Ampelonsky, head of the apparatus Alexander Veselchakov and general director of the Federal Radio Frequency Center Anastasia Zvyagintseva. According to the investigation, since 2012, the department has hired dead souls, which earned a real salary. These funds were distributed among the current employees of the department. Thus, from 2012 to February 2017, more than 20 million rubles ($346.700) were stolen, according to the ICR.
The organizer of the fraudulent scheme is Zvyagintseva. During the interrogation, she told that the funds accrued to the dead souls went into support the leading employees of Roskomnadzor. In particular, Ampelonsky when applying for a job was offered to receive a salary immediately from Roskomnadzor, and from Federal Radio Frequency Center. Edidin received a second salary card recently. The lawyer's surcharges ranged from 50 to 80 thousand rubles a month ($870-1400). At the same time, both accused argue that they did not expect that the bonuses they receive were of illegal origin.
The Chertanovskiy court of Moscow placed Ampelonsky and Edidin under home arrest. After the interrogation, Zvyagintseva was released on a recognizance not to leave. It is reported that the investigators are looking for other possible participants in the fraudulent scheme.
It also became known that the hearing of the case against Roskomnadzor employees would be held sub rosa. Part of the documents in the case is classified as "secret". According to the sources of RBC, these materials came under Federal Radio Frequency Center. In early October, the state enterprise was raided, after which Ampelonsky, Veselchakov and Edidin were detained.
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