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Seven Criminal Cases Against The Far East Zvezda Plant
February 16, 2014 14:01


Seven criminal cases have been initiated against the management of the company repairing the nuclear submarines of the Pacific Fleet. The amount of material damage caused by fraud at the seaside shipyard “Zvezda” made up 1 billion roubles.

As for today, seven criminal cases have already been initiated against the officials of the company repairing and reclaiming the nuclear submarines of the Pacific Fleet. According to the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Primorye, the Head of Criminal Investigation Department of the Seaside Police Ilya Shamratov, all the involved persons have already been determined. Their property has been seized. Two persons involved in the criminal cases concluded a pre-trial agreement and give confessions.

“The case is controlled by various agencies. The scale of damage is very large. There are already more than one thousand volumes; more than 500 witnesses have been interviewed. A lot of technical expertise events with the participation of experts are conducted" – as Shamratov said. According to his words, Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Security Service are working on the case. Last year the prosecutors of Primorye strengthened the control over the use of funds allocated for defense. According to the prosecutor of the Territory Sergey Besschastny, in the last year they revealed the facts of backlog payment, payment for work at a price inconsistent with contracts, inclusion of the already carried out works into government contracts, as well as cases of public funds misuse. The inspection of the state defense orders and state programs detected about 40 different violations. More than 30 of them were detected at the Far East “Zvezda” plant.

According to the data of Main Military Procuracy, upon the completion of service of the ship “Zvezda” presented the false payment documents exceeding the cost of repair by more than 63 million roubles. A criminal case under part 4 of the article 159 of the Criminal Code of the RF (large scale fraud) was initiated against the officials of the “Far East “Zvezda” Plant”.

According to Besschastny, the results of the inspections indicate that “thefts and other abuses have become common business at the defense enterprises”. These were reasons that led to multiple cases of nonobservance of the deadlines of state defense orders, according to the prosecutor. He also noted that on-site inspections for compliance with legislation in the performance of government contracts will be conducted at all defense enterprises of Primorye before the end of the first half of 2014.

The plans of inspections have already been set forth and approved. An interdepartmental group at the Prosecutor’s Office of the Territory has been established in order to maintain law in the military-industrial complex; a mobile team for inspection of compliance with the law in the performance of government contracts has also been created. The inspection of financial activity of “Zvezdochka” is now conducted by the United Shipbuilding Corporation owning the enterprise. The similar events are held at the “Sevmash” plant located in Severodvinsk and serving the submarines of the Northern Fleet.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Northern Fleet Pacific Fleet    

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