Post Exchange purchased half a million of unsuitable rations for Ministry of Defence

Post Exchange purchased half a million of unsuitable rations for Ministry of Defence
Inadmissible components were found in the products - gelatinizing agent, cellulose, and carob tree gum Photo: Oleg Harseev / Kommersant

The cost of the contract has exceeded 320 million rubles ($5,3 million).⁠

The Military Prosecutor's Office established that more than half a million rations, which were purchased in 2016 from Baryshsky meat-processing plant for needs of the Russian Ministry of Defense were unsuitable for use. Besides, it became known that the purchase for 320,7 million rubles ($5,3 million) was carried out by Post Exchange, RBC with reference to the first deputy chief military prosecutor lieutenant general Andrey Nikulishchina reports.

According to him, inadmissible components were found in the products - gelatinizing agent, cellulose, carob tree gum and others. For example, in canned food Salted Fat, natural pork fat is completely replaced with artificially created emulsion fatty product (mix of fats of various origin).

Nikulishchin suggested the Ministry of Defence together with military prosecutor's office to take measures for elimination of “the specified violations of the law” and to carry out work on compensation of damage from deliveries of low-quality production. Of course, the question of prosecution of the officials, who  “allowed violation of the law”, will be considered, Nikulishchin said.

It is specified that the contact on supply of provisions was concluded in 2015-2017 for the sum of more than 115,1 billion rubles ($1,9 million) between ​ the Ministry of Defence and the joint-stock company ​ Post Exchange (Voentorg). For its implementation Voentorg signed contracts with collaborators — Gryazinsky food plant and Baryshsky meat-processing plant which have produced over 8 million rations for the troops.

Actions of suppliers, according to pre-trial detention of the military prosecutor, fall under the article Large scale swindle. They may face up to 10 years of imprisonment and about 1 million rubles ($16,6 thousand) of a penalty.  

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