Suspect's luxury assets frozen in Defense Ministry property scandal
MOSCOW, March 7 - RAPSI. A court in Moscow has arrested the property of Yevgenia Vasilyeva, former CEO of the Defense Ministry's Property Management Department who has been charged as part of the 13 billion rubles ($433 mln) fraud case, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Thursday.
The property arrested encompasses one flat in Moscow, two flats in St. Petersburg, a cottage in the Leningrad Region and a 600 square meter commercial property in central Moscow.
Vasilyeva has been placed under house arrest and was ordered to wear an electronic bracelet around her ankle.
The former CEO of the Defense Ministry's Property Management Department 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).
Also defendants in this case are Yekaterina Smetanova, former CEO of the Expert legal support center who was released on a pledge not to leave town, and her husband Maxim Zakutailo, former CEO of an Air Force depot, who has been placed in detention.
Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov was dismissed amid this corruption scandal last November to ensure impartiality in the criminal investigations. He has been summoned twice for questioning as a witness as part of the embezzlement cases linked to Oboronservice.
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.