من وكالة انباء موسكوMiG-29 Fraudster Gets Suspended Sentence
MOSCOW, June 7 (RIA Novosti) – A Moscow court has
given a four-year suspended sentence to the last defendant in the
criminal case over deliveries of low-quality equipment for MiG-29
fighters that were rejected by Algeria in 2007, Russia's business daily
Kommersant said Friday.
The Moscow city court announced the
sentencing for Mikael Kazaryan at a closed session on Thursday. The
suspended sentence is a result of a plea bargain between the defendant
and the prosecutors.
Criminal charges against Kazaryan, former
general director of the Rezon company that sold the MiG Aircraft
Corporation outdated equipment using forged certificates and tags, were
brought in 2012 as part of a broader case involving several MiG
officials and businessmen.
Kazaryan, 58, had initially fled to Armenia but later returned to Russia and surrendered to the authorities, Kommersant said.
He had given a detailed account of his criminal activities and fully admitted his guilt, the paper said citing case materials.
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MiG: between Past and Future
state arms exporter Rosoboronexport signed a $1.3 bln contract to
deliver 28 one-seater MiG-29SMT fighters and six two-seater MiG-29UB
combat trainers to Algeria in March 2006 as part of an $8 billion
military cooperation agreement.
However, after receiving 15 MiG
fighters, Algeria refused further deliveries in May 2007. It then froze
all payments under contracts with Russia in October 2007, requiring that
Moscow first take back the 15 MiG-29s due to their "inferior quality."
Russian businessmen involved in the MiG-29 fraud were convicted by a
Moscow court in May, 2012. One of them was sentenced to a 5-year prison
term and the other two received hefty fines.
A year earlier,
Musail Ismailov, the head of the Aviaremsnab company that supplied MiG
with faulty parts, was sentenced to two years in prison while serving a
5.5-year sentence for a fraud involving deliveries of inferior quality
equipment to the Polish air force.
A criminal case against former
first deputy director general of the MiG Aircraft Corporation Sergei
Tsivilev and his deputy, Oleg Fadeyev, was closed in December 2012 as
its statute of limitations period had expired.