Businessman Sergey Degtyarev exploded on defense contract

A criminal case of fraud during the construction of a new defense plant.
As Kommersant learned, Sergey Degtyarev, owner of VIP-Stroiinzhiniring LLC, was arrested on charges of particularly large-scale fraud during the construction of the objects of the Nizhny Novgorod Plant of the 70th anniversary of Victory, which produces S-400, S-500 and anti-aircraft missile elements. "Vityaz", as well as radar systems. The estimated damage from the scam exceeded 250 million rubles. Earlier, Mr. Degtyarev was convicted of embezzlement in the construction of facilities at the Vostochny cosmodrome.

In Nizhny Novgorod, the police on the materials of the FSB opened a criminal case on fraud on a large scale (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) during the construction of the plant of the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Almaz-Antey concern. The Nizhegorodsky District Court arrested the owner of VIP-Stroyengineering LLC Sergey Degtyarev in this case. He will stay in the SIZO until September 8, inclusive, they reported to “Kommersant” in the Nizhegorodsky District Court, which chose the measure of restraint.

As previously told “Kommersant”, in 2015, Sergey Degtyarev was sentenced to eight years in prison for embezzling 1.3 billion rubles. at construction of objects of the Vostochny cosmodrome. He and three subordinates were convicted of especially large-scale fraud and legalization of criminal proceeds (part 4 of article 174.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). From each party to the crime they collected 1 million rubles. fine. However, in 2018, the Moscow City Court considered appeals by lawyers, qualifying the actions of businessmen as a fraud committed in the field of entrepreneurship, almost halved the terms of imprisonment and changed the regime of the colony from strict to general. As a result, after recounting the sentences, the daughter of entrepreneur Yevgeny Degtyarev, sentenced to four and a half years, was released in the courtroom. Two of his colleagues, Alexander Bazankov and Murat Matuev, who received six and five and a half years in prison, were released a month and a half later. In April 2019, Sergei Degtyarev was released.

In Nizhny Novgorod, VIP-Stroyengineering LLC in October 2013 won the tender from FSUE “GUSST No. 1 at Spetsstroy of Russia” (Spetsstroy of Russia - Federal Agency for Special Construction of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, was liquidated in September 2017) for the construction and installation complex works on the object of OAO Nizhny Novgorod Machine-Building Plant (NMZ).

We are talking about the construction of a new Nizhny Novgorod plant of the 70th anniversary of Victory, which is located on the territory adjacent to the NMZ (both enterprises are part of the EKO Almaz-Antey concern and are operated by Vasily Shupranov, it is planned that they will be merged). The contract value exceeded 2 billion rubles. In 2015, an additional agreement worth RUB 545.9 million was concluded with the company. to continue construction work. However, according to “Kommersant”, the contract was not fully executed. Nevertheless, in 2016, the plant producing, in particular, the elements of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems and the Nebo-M and Niobium radar systems was opened.

The main investigative department of the State Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Nizhny Novgorod region, which is investigating the criminal case, and the press service of the Almaz-Antey concern, recognized as the injured party, did not promptly respond to requests from Kommersant. It was not possible to get comments from the general director of the defense plant Vasily Shupranov, because he did not answer the calls.