Russia’s telecom watchdog may block Telegram messenger in RussiaBusiness & Economy June 23, 9:15
Russian warships fire Kalibr cruise missiles, destroy IS arms depots in SyriaMilitary & Defense June 23, 9:07
Kazakh foreign minister denies talks on sending troops to SyriaWorld June 23, 8:05
Russian fighters scrambled 14 times in past week to intercept foreign aircraft — ministryMilitary & Defense June 23, 6:17
EU summit participants show unity on anti-Russian sanctions — MerkelWorld June 23, 4:11
Moldovan parliament refuses to hold no confidence vote in Foreign Minister Andrei GalburWorld June 23, 2:03
Google.ru’s temporary ban should serve as reminder to others — lawmakerBusiness & Economy June 23, 1:59
Russian lawmaker slams EU’s decision to extend sanctions on Moscow as absurdRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 23, 0:32
IOC spokesperson confirms Bach’s words about possible sanctions on RussiaSport June 22, 23:27
MOSCOW, December 28 (Itar-Tass) — Investigators are to question Russia’s former Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. He has been summoned in the Oboronservis case. “Serdyukov has got a subpoena,” spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee (SK) Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass.
Anatoly Serdyukov was sacked by President Vladimir Putin last month over a corruption scandal in his ministry.
The SK Main Military Investigation Department opened eight cases over fraudulent deals with real estate owned by the Oboronservis company, controlled by the RF Defence Ministry. They are investigated under the RF Criminal Code articles of fraud, exceeding authority or abuse of office.
According to investigators, the RF Defence Ministry officials were choosing from the property complex of Oboronservis the most liquid and most prestigious facilities, sites and shares. Then, as a rule, they invested enormous budget funds in these real estate objects and the property was sold at significantly reduced prices to commercial structures affiliated with Oboronservis. In addition, many of the facilities were purchased with funds stolen from Oboronservis.
According to preliminary calculations, the damage done in this case is estimated at over 4 billion roubles. However, to establish the exact amount of the damage a financial and economic expert examination will be conducted.
Former head of the Expert Centre for Legal Support Yekaterina Smetanova and her husband, former Director General of an Air Force depot of the Moscow District Maxim Zakutailo are currently in custody within this case. They are charged with fraud. Former head of the Property Relations Department of the RF Defence Ministry Yevgeny Vasilyev is under house arrest.
Earlier, the SK said that “if there are sufficient grounds, former Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov may also be questioned within the criminal case of large-scale embezzlement in Oboronservis structures.”