The director of the Murmansk plant was arrested on suspicion of embezzling 45 million rubles for the repair of “Admiral Kuznetsov”
The Oktyabrsky District Court of Murmansk arrested for two months the general director of the joint-stock company “10 Order of the Red Banner of Labor Shipyard”, suspected of large-scale fraud (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code, punishable by up to ten years in prison).
“According to the investigation, the criminal actions of the accused were aimed at unlawful embezzlement of funds within the framework of an agreement concluded to strengthen the country’s defense capability between the two organizations and related to the implementation of the state defense contract,” the court said in a statement.
According to a TASS source, earlier searches were carried out at the 10th shipyard as part of a criminal case on embezzlement of about 45 million rubles allocated for the repair of the Admiral Kuznetsov cruiser. The general director of the plant was named as suspects in the case. The company’s website says that this position is occupied by Evgeny Zudin. He does not admit his guilt, adds a TASS source.
“Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov” is the only aircraft carrier in Russia. In the fall of 2016, the cruiser made a cruise to the Mediterranean Sea, where she participated in an operation in Syria. After returning to Russia, “Admiral Kuznetsov” was sent for repairs and modernization. It was expected to return to service after refurbishment in 2022.
In December 2019, a fire broke out on board the Admiral Kuznetsov, as a result of which two people died and more than ten were injured. It was reported that up to 350 million rubles would be spent on restoring the cruiser after the fire.