The scam with the plant of the concern "Kalashnikov" in Venezuela go on

A participant in the theft in the construction of arms factories in Venezuela received a soft term for important testimony.
As it became known to Kommersant, the investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation initiated a new criminal case about the abuses committed during the construction in 2010-2012 in Venezuela of factories for the production of Kalashnikov assault rifles and cartridges to them. The officials of FSUE "Rosoboronexport", not yet appointed, are charged with receiving kickbacks for the provision of construction contracts. The beginning of this investigation, according to Kommersant, was facilitated by the testimony of Irina Pomeshchikova, the director of Stroyinvestvestzhiniring SA-848, who, in the first case, about embezzling more than 1 billion rubles in the construction of plants, received a three-year prison term in a special order the other day. In February last year, we recall, the former director general of this construction company was ex-senator from the Belgorod region Sergei Popelnyukhov.

Irina Pomeshchikova, the financial director of Stroyinvestvestiniring SA-848, was detained by the investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in a separate production at the end of 2016 - before the materials of the 85-volume "big" case, the main figure of which was the guilty general director of the construction company Sergey Popelyukhov, were sent for consideration on the merits in the Lefortovo court of Moscow. The point is that during the investigation stage, Ms. Pomeshchikova, having confessed her guilt and agreeing to cooperate with the investigation, concluded a pre-trial agreement with the prosecutor's office, in which she told about all the details of the Russian-Venezuelan agreement on the construction of plants and project abuses. In particular, according to Kommersant sources, she said that some employees of Rosoboronexport allegedly received kickbacks for the award of contracts for the construction of plants.

The case of the financial director was examined in the same Lefortovo court in a special order, without conducting a judicial investigation. As a result, Irina Pomeshchikova was found guilty of particularly large fraud (Part 4, Article 159 of the Criminal Code). As the investigation and the court established, in April 2006, Ms. Pomeshchikova entered into a conspiracy with the "CEO of Stroyinvestvestiniring SA-848" Popelnyukhov and unidentified individuals to steal a portion of the funds allocated to Rosoboronexport to build factories for licensed production AK-103 assault rifles and cartridges to them. " As stated in the investigation materials, Sergei Popelnyukhov headed the LLC since 2000. After in 2003 he became a senator from the Belgorod region, the businessman resigned from the post of general director of the construction company, but retained control over it and continued to perform "administrative and administrative functions" in it. At the same time, Alexei Toropin was formally appointed as the new CEO. According to investigators, Mr.Popelnyukhov attracted Irina Pomeshchikov to carry out the financial operations necessary for the implementation of the criminal plan. Her duties, as was said in court, included the signing of commission contracts on behalf of Alexei Toropin, the production of fictitious contracts with one-day firms and expenditure registers that contained false information about the movement of funds under lime contracts. In addition, at the direction of Mr. Popelnyukhov, Irina Pomeshchikova herself picked up one-day firms for the theft of money, allegedly dealing with deliveries of construction materials, including OOO Antrek, OOO Medekskom, OOO Stroymarket and LLC Ecotehprom. Only eight such front companies, according to the investigation, from 2009 to 2011, a total of 2.1 billion rubles were transferred, of which Popelnyukhov and Pomeshchikova kidnapped 1.13 billion rubles.

Recall that the agreement on the construction of factories for the production of Kalashnikov rifles between Russia and Venezuela was concluded in 2001, the relevant documents with the customer - the Venezuelan Kavim - were signed in 2006, and the construction of plants started only in 2010. The FSUE "Rosoboronexport" was charged with monitoring the construction process and fulfilling the international contract. By the time Sergei Popelnyukhov appeared before the court in the case of embezzlement of funds allocated for construction (we note that Venezuela fully paid for the project), factory buildings were built on 70%. Work is not completed to this day. And Mr. Popelnyukhov received seven years in prison last February. In addition, from it as a guarantor for unreturned loans, Promsvyazbank intends to collect 3.4 billion rubles., And CB "Republican Credit Alliance" - 60 million rubles.

As a result, having studied the case materials, the Lefortovo court sentenced Ms. Pomeshchikov to three years in a general-regime colony. Her defense intends to appeal the judgment, considering it too harsh. At the same time, lawyers point to the assistance that the financial director has rendered to the investigative authorities: thanks to her testimony, it was possible not only to reconstruct in detail the picture of embezzlement of funds in the construction of plants, but also to launch a new investigation into kickbacks to officials of Rosoboronexport. According to the defense, the financial director deserves a suspended sentence.