Investigators accused the press secretary of Roskomnadzor (RKN) Vadim Ampelonsky and two other officers of the Armed Forces in embezzlement, Arthur Bolshakov, the lawyer of one of the defendants of the case, Boris Yedinin, told RBC. Earlier, the representative of the department was accused of embezzlement.
Ampelon, Edinin and Veselchakov re-qualified the accusation on Art. 160 of the Criminal Code (embezzlement), the lawyer told RBC. At least one of the accused (Edinin) was reduced the amount of the charges, he said. "They reduced the imputed damage three to four times, to the wages actually paid to him," Bolshakov said. Earlier it was a question of the theft of about 20 million rubles. Now Yedinin is charged with the waste of about 5-6 million rubles, the lawyer said. The fact that the Investigative Committee re-qualified the prosecution, Tass also reported, citing a source close to the investigation.
The criminal case brought against Ampelonsky became known in October 2017. Under the investigation were also the head of the legal department of Roskomnadzor Boris Edinin and the head of the department Alexander Veselchakov. Employees of the ILV were accused of an article about fraud committed by an organized group or on an especially large scale (Part 4, Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
"While not ready to comment," - said RBC official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia Svetlana Petrenko.
As reported by the sources of RBC, the reason for the initiation of the case was the fictitious employment of employees in the ILV and its subordinate institutions. The general director of the Main Radio Frequency Center (GRCHC), subordinated to the RCN, Anastasia Zvyagintseva, said that the scheme for paying salaries to fictitious employees existed. However, this was done in order to retain valuable employees. According to investigators, the scheme operated since 2012 and with its help about 20 million rubles were stolen.
In October 2017, the Chertanovsky Court of Moscow placed under house arrest all three of the accused. Ampelon pleaded not to admit his guilt, saying that he had no influence on the work of the HRCHC. In February, house arrest was extended to him until May 7.