Corruption weekly: May 8-12
May 8. Naval parade to commemorate the Victory Day canceled in St-Petersburg despite the authorities had already paid 4 mln rub for the event. The Baltic Fleet told the Fontanka.ru that the parade was not scheduled because the Navy had been conducting the tasks as required.
May 10. The Rosneft paid 1.5 bln rub for the members of its BOD for the Q1 of 2017. This is more than the half of dividends the company paid in the entire 2016 and 100 times more than the payment in the Q1 of 2016. The remuneration has grown due to the premiums for the Bashneft privatization deal and sale of 19.5% of the Rosneft shares, the company said.
The Talent and Success foundation of the cellist Sergei Roldugin cut its spending in 2016 down to 2.5 bln rub, or four-fold, according to the Justice ministry. In 2015, the foundation spent 9.7 bln rub to support the talented children.
Interior ministry placed the 1.7-bln-ruble order for the commercial VIP-class aircraft Tu-204-300. The ministry wants the 55-seat plane no older than of 2005, it must have three cabins, three halls, four seats of enhanced comfort class, compartment for the “principal passenger” which includes a king-size bed, wardrobe, WC and a study with three-seat sofa.
May 11. Defense ministry found 154 mln rub of debtor backlog among the structures of the Federal agency for special construction (Spetsstroi). According to the letter sent in April by the Defense deputy minister Timur Ivanov to the minister Sergei Shoigu, the majority of the structures were unable to repay their debts and have been on the brink of bankruptcy.
Ex-chief of the Rosnano Leonid Melamed accused of embezzlement of 220 mln rub, released from the home arrest. The former financial director of the Rosnano Svyatoslav Ponurov was also released.
May 12. A district court in Yekaterinburg decided not to arrest in absentia the former Chelyabinsk governor Mikhail Yurevich. The investigation believes he had received a bribe of 26 mln rub from the Chelyabunsk regional health minister Vitaly Teslenko. Yurevich has been in London for medical treatment and he claims he is going to return to Russia to defend his honor in court.
A district court in St-Petersburg placed under home arrest until July 4 the director of the St-Petersburg state telecommunications university Sergei Bachevsky. The director has been suspected by the FSB of violation of the anti-trust legislation during renting out the university’s premises.
A district court in Moscow sentenced a former head of the Vneshprombank Larisa Markus to nine years in prison. Former vice-president of the bank Yekaterina Glushakova has been sentenced to four years in a labor camp. The investigators say that Markus and her brother Georgy Bedzhamov founded a criminal group in May 2009 which had stolen 114 mln rub.
Interior ministry detained employees of three commercial banks on suspicion of knowingly issuing the impaired loans secured by the water tanks. The water was described as “expensive chemical raw materials”. The suspects thus withdrew about 1 bln rub.