Ministry of Defense Colonel caught on multi-million dollar bribe

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September 27 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

KtovKurse – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

The Investigative Committee has begun to investigate the case on a bribe in the Ministry of Defense, to the amount of 368 million rubles (USD $6.3 million). The defendant is Colonel Alexander Vakulin, the Head of the Department of Food Supply Administration of the Ministry of Defense.

The Colonel is accused of receiving a multimillion bribe for helping conclude procurement contracts for the purchase of kitchens, bakeries, cisterns and other special equipment in various projects.

Vakulin is charged with a particularly large fraud account (Part 4. Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and receiving a bribe in a particularly large amount (part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The court sent him under arrest until 29 October.

According to the interlocutors of the publication, the case was based on data on embezzlement under a contract between the Ministry of Defense and St. Petersburg LLC Profbiznes. The agreement, concluded in the winter of 2015, provided for the supply of trailed kitchens, cisterns and mobile bakeries to the amount of almost 685 million rubles. During the execution of the contract, about 20 million rubles were stolen “through the delivery inadequate quality equipment”.

In addition, the St. Petersburg Department of the Antimonopoly Service has found a cartel collusion in the conclusion of contracts with the Defense Ministry for the amount of 2.2 billion rubles from Profbiznesa, as well as TD Spetstehmash LLC and TD Steelwall LLC.

During the audit, the relationship between the founders and general directors of the companies. Organizations participated in bidding from one IP-address.

One of the detainees gave a confession about “the role and specific actions of Alexander Vakulin in concluding and executing state contracts and getting monetary rewards for it.” After that, a criminal case was initiated against the Colonel on corruption.

The detention of 46-year-old Vakulin, who was considered “a promising officer making a very successful career.” In particular, he traveled to military universities, where he lectured on the pressing problems of providing servicemen with high quality food.

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