Ostankino court of Moscow on 28 October began consideration of the criminal case dismissed the head of Department of audit of public contracts of the Ministry of defense Dmitry Shortfall, the accused in an attempt to obtain a bribe in the amount of 48 million rubles. With him on the dock, the businessman Gennady Bauman and former police officer Yuri Davydov. The defendants not pleaded guilty. At the request of lawyers for the press have removed from a hall to the interrogation of the defendants, reports Business FM. A new hearing will take place on 2 November.

According to investigators, in 2015, the research Institute of communication systems and control (NIISSU) was going to get a state order for production and delivery of a complex mobile-stationary control system special operations forces, airborne forces. The cost of future state contract work the Institute was estimated at 6.2 billion rubles. However, according to the investigation, Dmitry Shortfall has offered to reduce the price by 21%, to 4.9 billion rubles. The developers have considered this to be unacceptable, saying that it was below the cost of the works, said Business FM.

As argued addressed to law enforcement bodies with the statement on initiation of proceedings head of planning and economic Department NIISSU novel Pakharenko, during the negotiations the leadership of the Institute said that the contract can be concluded on more favorable terms, and it may amount to 5.3 billion rubles, if to pay, who need.

According to the prosecution, a bribe of 48 million rubles, the developers had to transfer in the “national corporate Bank” under the contract for the supply of components (in the documents indicate a figure of 2 million rubles). They wrote a statement to the police. After the arrest of a Shortage in the fall of 2015, the Department of audit of government contracts, the defense Ministry approved the cost of the contract with NIISSU in the amount of 5 billion 680 million rubles, said Business FM.

Dmitry Shortfall was accused of attempt at receiving a bribe (article 30, part 6 of article 290 of the criminal code). Baumann and Davydov – intermediation in attempted bribery by an organized group (part 3 of article 30, part 4 of article 291 of the criminal code).

All of the defendants not pleaded guilty. Their lawyers said that the evidence of guilt, and the accusation is not specified.

Dmitry Shortfall declared that will give evidences only at the stage of examination of evidence, Gennady Bauman – after research materials and interview witnesses. Yuri Davydov was ready to speak.

But the lawyers demanded to remove the press from the audience, referring to the fact that in the process, will discuss “aspects of the personal life of the accused”. The Prosecutor left the matter to the discretion of the court. In the end, the judge Tatyana. removed reporters from the hall to the interrogation of the defendant Davydova, reports Business FM. Witnesses will interrogate 2 and November 15.

According to “Kommersant”, the Shortfall led the Department in January 2015. He studied at the Academy of the FSB, then served in state security bodies. For some time he worked in the Ministry of culture, and in may 2004 he left the position of Deputy Director of budget policy Department in the sphere of state military and law enforcement service and state defense order of the Ministry of Finance, where he worked before moving to the defense Ministry. The shortfall has a medal of the order “For merits before Fatherland” II degree, as well as departmental award of the FSB, FSO, FPS, SVR, emergency, FMS and FCS.

All these merits of the defence for the accused had presented arguments to the court: “my Entire adult life Dmitry Shortfall of dedicated service to the Motherland and attained a high official position,” and the consequence has no proofs of his guilt. Due to the fact that the man in the hands of young daughter and father disabled, the defenders asked him to release the head of the Department of defense on bail or placed under house arrest. The court, however, considered that the Shortfall might abscond or prevent the investigation and left him in jail.

This is not the first scandal that occurs in the Russian Ministry of defense. So, in 2012 a criminal case was initiated around activities of “Oboronservis”. A key defendant in the investigation was a former official of the Ministry of defense Evgenia Vasilyeva. She was sentenced to five years in prison, but in August the court dismissed Vasilyev parole. After uncovering a massive scheme of theft of state property in the office of his post was forced to leave the Minister of defense Anatoly Serdyukov. Although Serdyukov was charged with negligence, before the real punishment, it never came, and in 2014, the investigation against him was closed.

The trial of officials of the defense Ministry Dmitry Shortage of bribery 48 million rubles was closed to the media due to “personal aspects of life” 29.10.2016

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