A court in the Moscow region sentenced the former general director of Mosoblenergo to five years in a strict regime colony Alexey Brizhan for bribery, and his first deputy Alexei Astapov – to a suspended sentence.
“By the decision of the Krasnogorsk City Court of the Moscow Region, Astapov was sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 6 years probation, and Brizhan – for a term of 5 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony,” the FSB department for Moscow and the region reports on Tuesday.
In addition, Brizhan and Astapov were fined 3.8 million rubles each.
“Kommersant”, 07/25/2023, “Contractors charged power engineers”: Note that the defendants fully admitted their guilt in the acts incriminated to them and repented of their deeds. […] At the same time, the court lifted the arrest from all the property of the convicts – houses and land plots in the Istra district of the Moscow region, apartments and parking spaces, a dozen and a half watches from the brands Rolex, Breguet, Patek Philippe, etc., as well as a Harley Davidson motorcycle, Bentley Continental cars, SUVs Lexus LX570 and Range Rover.
Under the encumbrance, the court left only the cash seized during the searches from Alexei Agapov in the amount of 4.1 million rubles. and kept in a bank account with Alexei Brizhan 16.2 million rubles. From these funds, the fine imposed on each of the convicts in the amount of 3.8 million rubles will be repaid. In addition, a Mercedes-Benz S 63 worth about 13 million rubles, which was transferred to the first deputy head of Mosoblenergo as a bribe, was confiscated into state revenue by a court decision.
In total, the metropolitan department of the TFR incriminated Alexei Brizhan and Alexei Agapov with three criminal episodes, although the FSB officers in Moscow and the Moscow Region who carried out the operational support of this case checked them for a dozen similar crimes. As the operatives believed, they could take bribes from the power industry starting in 2013, in fact, immediately after they moved to Mosoblenergo from Kubanenergo. […]
However, only one episode with a rollback reached the court. As the investigation and the court established, in November 2017, Alexei Agapov received 380 thousand rubles from the head of Energoregionstroy LLC in his office in the Riga-Land business center. He transferred half of this amount to his boss, offering him to subsequently receive from the entrepreneur 15% of the amount of each contract concluded with his company. — Inset K.ru
The verdict came into force.
Brizhan and Ostapov were convicted of taking bribes.
“As a result of the operational search activities carried out by the department, it was established that the heads of contractors involved by Mosoblenergo JSC in the performance of work regularly transferred personally to Brizhan and Astapov funds in the amount of 15% of the amount of contracts entered into the firm,” the FSB reported.
In addition, they added, “part of the profits of each contracting organization of Mosoblenergo JSC was also directed at the direction of Brizhan and Astapov for their personal needs.”
“In the course of the investigative actions carried out by the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the city of Moscow, exhaustive evidence was collected of the involvement of Brizhan and Astapov in the crime under parts 5 and 6 of article 290 of the Criminal Code of Russia “Taking a bribe”,” the FSB said.
The intelligence service added that Astapov confessed during the investigation of the criminal case, and Brizhan admitted his guilt during the trial.
“Kommersant”, 01/26/2022, “Bribes entered into contracts”: The briber, as follows from the materials of the investigation, was the general director of Stroyresurs LLC Alexei Dolinsky. Since 2016, his organization, which specialized in the production of electrical work, has been very fruitfully cooperating with Mosoblenergo. Until 2019, contracts worth hundreds of millions of rubles were signed between the parties. However, after that, the business relationship between the partners was interrupted for some reason – either Stroyresurs stopped winning tenders, or stopped participating in them altogether.
Be that as it may, but about a year and a half later, Mr. Dolinsky’s testimony appeared among the FSB and TFR employees that in 2018, as a bribe for the opportunity to participate and win in the tenders held by Mosoblenergo, he bought and handed over to Alexei Astapov Mercedes-Benz S 63 worth more than 12 million rubles.
In addition, during the time of cooperation with Mosoblenergo, the merchant allegedly had to provide gentlemen Astapov and Brizhan with other services that cost him 3 to 4 million rubles. At the same time, Alexei Dolinsky himself, according to Kommersant’s information, was released from criminal liability for giving a bribe (part 5 of article 291 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) due to active repentance. In October last year, the Moscow Arbitration Court declared his Stroyresurs LLC bankrupt.
During searches in the mansions of high-ranking power engineers near Moscow, investigators found not only a Mercedes donated by Mr. Dolinsky, but also a Bentley Continental and other luxury foreign cars, as well as large sums of money both in cash and in bank accounts. […]
It is curious that this happened against the background of the fact that the accused Astapov at that time, as the representative of the ICR himself stated in court, was not only being checked for involvement in similar crimes of corruption, but had already become a defendant in another bribe case. According to some reports, we can talk about large kickbacks from representatives of a certain company “Masters”. — Inset K.ru