MOSCOW, August 17 (RAPSI) - Yevgenia Vasilyeva, an aide to former defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov, has filed an application to be released on parole, RIA Novosti reports citing Olga Petrova, press secretary of the Vladimir Regional Court.
The court will hear the petition on August 21.
Petrova reported that Vasilyeva’s lawyers believe the petition could be successful because Vasilyeva has compensated all the claims and damages against her. There are currently no pending claims. This statement requires verification because the total damages amounted to 261 million rubles ($3.9 mln), Petrova said.
The press secretary added that Vasilyeva’s defense also insisted on release on parole for good behavior.
On May 8, the Presnensky District Court of Moscow sentenced Vasilyeva to five years in prison for her involvement in corruption cases at the Defense Ministry. Other defendants were sentenced to 3.5 to 5 years at a general security prison.
The Defense Ministry's Property Relations Department and Oboronservis holding became involved in a corruption scandal in 2012 that led to the resignation of then defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Vasilyeva.
Serdyukov was charged with negligence. Investigators claimed that his actions or inactions caused damages to the state estimated at 56 million rubles ($856,370) 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.