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Much work to be done in Oboronservis fraud case to bring culprits to justice – Investigative Committee

December 28, 2012, 10:58 UTC+3

Already ten criminal cases were pooled in the Oboronservis criminal case

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MOSCOW, December 28 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Investigation Committee (SK) denied strongly some media reports that “the high-profile Oboronservis criminal case is winding up.”

“Today some media reports were made that the investigation in this criminal case is rounding off. I can state that this is not true at all,” spokesman for the Russian Investigation Committee Vladimir Markin said.

“The detectives have a large amount of work in store for them,” he noted.

“I can pledge that the detectives will take all necessary measures to find all details of the crimes and bring to justice all those, who are involved in the crimes, regardless their posts,” Markin noted.

Already ten criminal cases were pooled in the Oboronservis criminal case, he said. “It is not ruled out that this number will grow,” he noted.

Markin noted that many defendants “are cooperating with the detectives and are giving confessing testimony.”

“The detectives together with operatives are taking vigorous investigation actions (searches, confiscations, interrogations, the analysis of the results of the financial and audit inspection and expertise),” Markin remarked.

The military detectives are interrogating former Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov as a witness on Friday.

“Today the detectives have taken the necessary scope of procedural and investigation actions that took some time and now on the results of the work done the detectives of the Main Military Investigation Department have outlined the scope of questions on the details of the crimes, which were committed with the property of the Defence Ministry, and the questions to the defence minister,” Markin said.

Anatoly Serdyukov is testifying as a witness on Friday.

“Upon the result of the interrogation the detectives will analyze thoroughly the information received from the former minister,” Markin said.

The Main Military Investigation Department opened eight criminal cases over the criminal schemes with real estate entities, which belong to the Oboronservis company, which is subordinate to the Defence Ministry. The criminal cases are being investigated under the criminal articles for fraud and abuse of power.

The detectives found that the officials in the Defence Ministry have picked up the most liquid and prestigious sites, lands and shares from the Oboronservis assets. Then massive budget funds used to be invested in this real estate and the property was sold at much more understated prices to the commercial structures affiliated with Oboronservis. Meanwhile, many sites were bought from the funds, which were misappropriated from Oboronservis.

The damages in this criminal case are preliminarily estimated at over four billion roubles. However, to find the exact sum of the damages a financial and economic expertise will be conducted.

On fraud accusations in this criminal case former head of the central of legal support Expert Yekaterina Smetanova and her husband, former general director of the Air Force depot in the Moscow Military District Maxim Zakutailo are being kept under arrest. Former head of the department of proprietary relations of the Russian Defence Ministry Yevgeniya Vasilyeva is being kept under home arrest.


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