The Russian military investigation charged the deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, Colonel-General Khalil Arslanov with two counts of especially large-scale fraud totaling to almost 6.7 billion rubles ($108 million), according to the documents from the case announced in court, Interfax reported.
The materials read out by a judge of the Second Western District Military Court said that on October 18th, 2019, Arslanov was charged for two crimes under paragraph 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
He is accused of embezzlement in the framework of the execution of the state contract of funds in the amount of 191 million 437 thousand 536 rubles ($3 million) and not less than 6.5 billion rubles, respectively.
On Tuesday, January 21st, this court is considering complaints against the seizing of the general’s property.
As described in the documents, the criminal case in which Arslanov became the accused in was instituted on August 6th, 2013 on the fact of embezzlement of money at the conclusion of a state contract for the performance of maintenance and repair of special military equipment of the Armed Forces. The investigation period is currently set until February 6th, 2020.
The claims of law enforcement agencies against Arslanov became known in the fall of 2019.
In addition, Pavel Kutakhov, head of the procurement department for improving the technical basis of the Russian Armed Forces control system, head of the 1st department of the Main Directorate of Communications of the Armed Forces, Major General Alexander Ogloblin, as well as former top managers from Voentelecom- the ex-general director of the enterprise Alexander Davydov, his first deputy Oleg Savitsky and adviser Dmitry Semiletov – and the general director of ErSiAy LLC Tatyana Ilyina, all of whom were detained back in 2017, appeared in the criminal case alongside General Arslanov.
The investigation was able to hold Arslanov accountable as a result of testimony from those who allegedly cooperated with him in the crimes he allegedly carried out. The general himself, who is not arrested, denies any guilt, according to Interfax.
The Voentelecom company subordinated to the Ministry of Defense, was in the center of a scandal over a criminal case of embezzlement.
In 2018, three officials from the company were convicted of embezzlement: the former head of the Main Directorate of Communications of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Colonel Alexander Shevchenko, the former general director of the 403rd Central Repair Plant of Communications Alexander Morozov, as well as businessman Igor Dudin.
Thus, it would appear that quite a bit of corruption goes around specifically around Voentelecom.
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