• 6 December 2017
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Two charged with $3.8m theft during Arctic construction get suspended sentences

Two persons involved in the embezzlement of 223 million rubles ($3.8m) allocated for the construction of Defense Ministry facilities in the Arctic have been given suspended sentences of two years in jail, reported the joint press service of St. Petersburg courts.

"Natalia Strebkova and Islam Pirakhmaev pleaded guilty as charged and repented of their crimes. The court sentenced each of them to imprisonment for two years with a probation period of two years," the report said.

In October, the court sentenced AS-Engineering CEO Andrey Panteleev to two years in prison. He pleaded guilty and voluntarily returned the 80 million rubles he had stolen.

The day before that, the owner of Dizelremgruppa Alexander Kuznetsov got a two-year suspended sentence. He also pleaded guilty to the fraud, so the case was reviewed using a special procedure.

The court found that Panteleev had stolen at least 223.6 million rubles ($3.8m) owned by FSUE GUIR #2 under the Spetsstroy of Russia. To do this, he involved a Spetsstroy employee, Pirakhmaev, who helped him prepare the competition documentation and made advance payments for a monthly fee. Together they filed construction claims containing false information with the Spetsstroy. In particular, the papers said that the company had experience of similar works and was able to perform them. Soon the fraudsters were given money for the supply of block containers, which they stole.

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