Ex-official tied up in Russian defense fraud scandal seeks return of $4 mln
MOSCOW, February 22 - RAPSI. Former Defense Ministry Property Department CEO Yevgenia Vasilyeva plans to file a claim to recover $4 million worth of personal belongings that were confiscated during a search in her apartment, Izvestia daily writes, citing a source close to the investigation.
On November 6, the investigators searched Vasilyeva's apartment in central Moscow with regard to charges of large-scale embezzlement in case involving the illegal sales of property, land and shares belonging to the subsidiaries of the state-run Oboronservis holding company.
The items confiscated include 1,500 pieces of jewelry and a collection of 30 paintings.
Experts have evaluated the art collection at roughly $7,000-$40,000 apiece, while the jewelry included several gold pieces with diamonds, sapphires and emeralds, as well as fashion jewelry with semi-precious stones.
Vasilyeva, who is now under house arrest and only leaves her apartment to visit the investigators, is concerned the safety of the paintings during shipment and storage. Her lawyers refused to comment on their plans.
Representatives of the Investigative committee have not commented on the issue of Vasilyeva's property either.
Vasilyeva has been charged as part of the fraud case involving the illegal sales of property, land and shares belonging to the subsidiaries of the state-run Oboronservice holding company. She faces up to six years in prison.
According to investigators, Vasilyeva, together with several others, embezzled assets worth 360 million rubles ($11.56 million).
Oboronservice comprises service companies involved in armaments and military vehicle repair and maintenance, construction materials and food production, power facilities operation, cartography and printing goods production, and housing management services for military towns.