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Two Servicemen Stole 1.4m-Ruble-Worth Electronic Components From Admiral Kuznetsov

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Two Servicemen Stole 1.4m-Ruble-Worth Electronic Components From Admiral Kuznetsov

Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser. IMAGE: Marina Lystseva/TASS

2 servicemen have stolen 1.4m-Ruble-worth [about 21,500 USD]electronic components from Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser, Russian media reported on December 17.

According to reports, in March and April of 2017, petty officer Arslan Ahmaisov and sailor Filip Filin stole 393 electronic components from the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser. Then, they destroyed them to get elements with precious metals, which later were sold in the city of Murmansk for 1.2m rubles [18,400 USD].

Following the incident, Ahmaisov and Filin were detained. They received 3 years 6 months long sentences. Additionally, every criminal has to pay 630,000 rubles [about 9,700 USD] as a penalty.

Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser is a part of the Russian Navy’s Northerh Fleet. It’s currently undergoing reparis and modernization in the Murmansk shipyard.

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  • Promitheas Apollonious

    Obviously from sailors, decided to go into scrap metal business. So they stole, what seem to amounts to $18.000. Stupid of them.

  • Selbstdenker

    Such things happen in US army every day with bigger values. I know of a case in Iraq in 2005 where a 40″ container full of cash money worth more then a billion US$ went missing. Shit happens…

    • James

      It disappeared…..into the right hands.

      • FlorianGeyer

        Not mine unfortunately :)

      • Tony B.

        If it went into the “right hands” there would be no need to keep it secret. Quit dreaming.

        • James

          Maybe so.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      Not to mention the trillions that went missing from pentagon, but then whose counting? When the americans and allies in nato steal is normal every day business practice. Russians on the other hand something very rare, in the armed forces and the ones who make the mistake are promptly punished and that is news, according to some.

      • John Whitehot

        Everybody who served under arms in my NATO country when there still was conscription will tell you tales that would make you revolt.

        Entire platoons, directed by their NCOs made fortunes in selling anything they could get inside their lodges and units, from kitchen ware to grenades, from VCRs to radio sets. To add to that, most officers were “looking the other way”, because it would had been too much fuss to report the facts to military justice, and also were wary of becoming “turnfaces” in the eyes of their peers.

        Not to speak about the people who went under arms phisically sane, and came home with some drug addiction.

        But you would not read anything on the papers or TV – because free-press is a myth, while propaganda also works by taking 1 bad news over 1000 good news and publish it, making you think that things are going bad.

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          I hear the stories and meet a lot of Vietnam veterans while studying in the states. as well know from the Greek army all the under the table deals they been making. To me they are no worst traitors than the ones who bite the breast that is feeding them.

          But then you have to do with mercenaries even though they wear uniform approved by the state, so is no honor in them.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Such things happen in all armies.
      I know that UK MOD auctions in the past , and probably now, ‘sold’ crates / containers of parts and vehicles that contained more valuable items . Scrap engines mixed with unused engines etc. The lots were made known to corrupt buyers.

  • Ricky Miller

    Three years of jail food, no women and little booze. Hardly seems worth the risk.

    • You can call me Al

      But also they need to pay back more than they made. The worst thing will be when they get back into the community – 2 traitors walking down the street !!!; that’ll go down well.

  • katakanBR

    This has nothing to do with the crane inccident

  • occupybacon

    Wondering what electronic components could be stolen from there that they could use or sell…

    • John Whitehot

      if you actually learn to read, it says that they stole components to sell the valuable materials contained in them, like copper and so on.

      you murk.

      • occupybacon

        Meh, the incident reflects the state of the Russian sailors morale and wages level, a fleet that needs permanent tugs and floating docs that started to sink themselves. I bet other branches of the Russian industry are on the same state of rust.

        • Barba_Papa

          HAven’t you read? This happens in every military. Including the US, UK, France, or wherever you are from. Average pay + high cost of living + possible debts + opportunity = workplace theft everywhere.

          • occupybacon

            ” HAven’t you read? ” what?

          • Barba_Papa

            The comments above which said similar things happened in other countries?

            People are constantly nicking the electrical wiring from Dutch rail roads to sell the copper. Does that mean its a sign that the Netherlands is therefore morally bankrupt as well?

          • occupybacon

            I don’t read all the comments and I think neither you have the time. Also I didn’t consider you such superficial to believe the watch over the rail roads is the same with the watch over an aircraft carrier…but I guess reading all the comments here didn’t work well on your neurons.

          • John Whitehot

            just one article out of zillions:

            https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/08/06/navy-chief-facing-multiple-sex-crime-charges-in-norfolk/

            such surprise, US naval members under trial for serial rape.

          • John Whitehot

            the question should be why SF decides to publish this news instead of this other, for example

            https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/08/06/navy-chief-facing-multiple-sex-crime-charges-in-norfolk/

          • occupybacon

            Haha for comparing stealing cooper and aluminium from an ‘aircraft carrier’ with sex offence

        • John Whitehot

          no, you reflect the state of the western made anti-russian propaganda.

          If they could not come up with anyone better than you, their intellectual pool is so restricted that no matter how much money they get, they will always fail miserably.

          To get back to the topic:

          “he incident reflects the state of the Russian sailors morale and wages level”

          Bullshit.
          Crime has always been rampant in any military force, especially if some members are conscripted. In any case, they have been caught and trialed, which means that military justice works well.

          Or should I remember you about the “azteca barrio” and “52th street gangsters” graffiti at every US base in the world?.

          ” I bet other branches of the Russian industry are on the same state of rust”

          You lost any bet you made in the last 10 years. But they say folly is keep repeating the same mistakes.

  • R Trojson

    And it still works, amazing. Some say it works better than ever. This story just makes Russia look bad, why is it here? Is this really news?

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    “Pilfering” happens frequently in every military. Why is this international news?

  • gustavo

    Good, very good.

  • Leon Auguste

    That’s very unpatriotic in my opinion.. very bad indeed.. smh

  • Tony B.

    My guess is that these were old electronics that were being replaced. These guys were trying to beat the Russian government out of the metals value of them.

    • PZIVJ

      This sounds right,
      but “which later were sold in the city of Murmansk for 1.2m rubles [18,400 USD].”
      Makes one wonder what metals being sold. :)