Investigation into Oboronservis case extended until March 2016
MOSCOW, November 19 (RAPSI) – Investigation into the Oboronservis embezzlement case has been extended until March 8, 2016, prosecutor Yuri Khalizov said in the Moscow City Court on Thursday.
The Defense Ministry's Property Relations Department and Oboronservis holding became involved in a corruption scandal in 2012 that led to the resignation of the then defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Yevgeniya Vasilyeva.
Serdyukov was charged with negligence. Investigators claimed that his actions or inactions resulted in damages to the state estimated at 56 million rubles (about $865,000) by ordering army personnel to build a private road to a Caspian Sea resort owned by his brother-in-law.
However, the Russian media reported in late December 2013 that the criminal probe into Serdyukov’s actions was closed. Serdyukov's lawyer Genrikh Padva said later that his client was pardoned under an amnesty program.
On May 8, the Presnensky District Court of Moscow sentenced Yevgeniya Vasilyeva, an aide to Serdyukov, to five years in prison for her involvement in corruption cases at the Defense Ministry.
In late August, a court in the Vladimir Region released Vasilyeva on parole.
The cases against Serdyukov and Vailyeva were singled out and considered separately.