Russian Supreme Court upholds defense official's jailing in Arctic survey embezzlement case
MOSCOW, December 2 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal filed by the Defense Ministry’s navigation and oceanography department chief Sergey Travin against a 7-year prison sentence for embezzling 70 million rubles ($1 million) allocated for surveying shelf limits in the Arctic Ocean, RAPSI was told in the court’s press service.
Travin was convicted along with other defendants in July. In addition to the prison term the Leningrad District Military Court fined him 500,000 rubles (about $8,000).
CEO of Prominvest company Boris Savelyev was given 6 years in penal colony and fined 400,000 rubles (over $6,000). Travin’s subordinate Leonid Shalnov and deputy head of the 280 Central Cartography Production bureau Alexey Glazko received suspended terms and were fined 300,000 rubles each (about $5,000).
The trial was held behind closed doors as the case contained classified documents.
According to case papers, between June 2014 and April 2015, the defendants deceived employees of the Defense Ministry’s structures and embezzled the money allocated through state contract for determining outer borders of Russian continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean.