The source of the Federal Penitentiary Service was not at all against freedom for German Dyakonov – he has five awards. This week, the disgraced ex-rector of KNRTU-KHTI German Dyakonov could have been released: the court secretly granted his request for parole. However, a couple of days before the long-awaited release, the prosecutor's office filed a complaint. This means that now the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tatarstan has the last word. Meanwhile, the Federal Penitentiary Service at the court session was not at all opposed to releasing Dyakonov, convicted of fraud: he has five incentives, moreover, he even left the detention center for several days and walked around Kazan. For details, see BUSINESS Online.
How the prosecutor's office thwarted the release of German Dyakonov
A court session was held in the strictest secrecy, at which German Dyakonov asked to be released. The lawyer of the ex-rector of KNRTU-KHTI, convicted of fraud, Midkhat Kurmanov filed a petition for parole for his client. Judge Dinar Khabibullin, appointed by decree of the President of the Russian Federation in June of this year, considered the petition. And satisfied him. Despite the previous decisions of their colleagues, who refused to transfer Dyakonov to forced labor and even to a colony-settlement.
This happened on December 13, but so far the information has not been displayed on the website of the Vakhitovsky District Court. Dyakonov's lawyer does not comment on it. According to the interlocutors of BUSINESS Online, at the court session, the representative of the Federal Penitentiary Service supported Dyakonov's demand, noting that he had five encouragements and not a single remark – in the conditions of serving a sentence, this is actually a whole achievement. Another proof that Dyakonov is in good standing with the leadership of the household detachment is that this fall he was even released on a week's vacation. That is, for a whole week German Sergeyevich was at large, naturally, with certain restrictions – including the obligation to spend the night at home.
However, despite the fact that the petition was granted, Dyakonov continues to remain in SIZO-1, where he is serving his sentence on lighter conditions. The fact is that the court decision does not come into force immediately, but after 10 days. During this time, the parties may file petitions, appeal this decision. If no petitions are received, then the decision will come into force – in the case of Dyakonov, this would have happened on December 23. And on New Year's Eve, he would have already been released.
Meanwhile, according to our information, the prosecutor's office did not agree with the court's decision. The information was confirmed in the Vakhitovsky court: today a complaint was received there from the supervisory authority, the press service reported.
Thus, the release of Dyakonov may be delayed. After all, if the decision is appealed, it comes into force only after the higher authority, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tajikistan, has its say. In the meantime, the case will reach the Armed Forces of Tatarstan, while it will be appointed for consideration and, finally, considered, more than one week may pass. All this time, according to the law, Dyakonov will continue to remain in the SIZO.
Of the 7.5 years appointed by the verdict, he has already served more than half of the term – there are only 3 years and 3 months left.
How Dyakonov asked “closer” to freedom
German Sergeyevich has been in SIZO-1 since the sentencing in 2020. At first, he waited for its entry into force, and then decided to choose a pre-trial detention center as a place to serve his sentence. There, convicts work in the economic brigade. Dyakonov first worked as a cleaner of office premises, then became a kitchen worker, and since March of this year he has been working in a laundry. And he even receives a salary – according to Dyakonov himself, 8 thousand rubles a month. Moreover, since September 2021, he has been serving his sentence under lighter conditions – he is allowed more dates and calls to relatives.
Attempts to be closer to freedom Dyakonov began to make this year. In the spring, he asked for forced labor. The representative of SIZO-1 supported this demand: “Dyakonov has been in the isolation ward for a year, in the household support unit. There were certain points in the beginning,” he said without going into details. “But now I can say with confidence that the person has really got used to it, works responsibly, takes his work seriously.” KNRTU-KHTI was also not opposed, noting that Dyakonov slowly began to compensate for the damage.
The court refused, but Dyakonov did not give up and then filed a petition for transfer to a colony-settlement. The logic was this: the conditions are simpler, the salary is bigger. However, this time the UFSIN opposed it. “[Dyakonov] partially admits his guilt in the committed crime, he does not agree with the court's verdict. He considers the term of punishment imposed by the court to be unfair, he repents of the crime in part of the recognized guilt, – the representative of the detention center Airat Zaripov said in court, and this was perhaps the only “negative moment” in the personal description of the ex-rector. “Attempts for systematic compensation for damages by the verdict of the Vakhitovsky court are not accepted.” And the commission of the department decided to characterize Dyakonov as “mediocre”. Despite the fact that he had encouragement “for a conscientious attitude to work, active participation in events.” The Supreme Court of the Republic of Tatarstan approved this decision.
By the way, regarding the damage, the university and Dyakonov intended to conclude an amicable agreement, according to which the damage of 42 million rubles is divided among all accomplices in the crime in installments for 5 years. Thus, Dyakonov will have to pay a little less than 18 million rubles.
What Dyakonov is sitting for
Dyakonov was detained in August 2017. Then the ex-rector and professor of the institute were accused of multimillion-dollar fraud at KNRTU-KHTI. The investigation believed that in 2012-2016, Dyakonov and his colleagues enriched themselves through state contracts with PJSC Gazprom and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. In addition to Dyakonov, Ildar Abdullin, ex-vice-rector for scientific work of KNRTU-KHTI, dean of the faculty of technology and processing of rubbers and elastomers of the polymer institute of the university, Valentina Shkodich, professor of the department of management and entrepreneurship Ekaterina Sergeeva, associate professor of the same department Arkady Brysaev, head laboratory of the Department of Plasma-Chemical and Nanotechnologies of High-Molecular Materials, Professor Lilia Dzhanbekova and Director of one of the research centers of the Institute Igor Dubovik. The former vice-rector for educational and methodological work Alexander Kochnev was also involved in the case: the case against him was separated into a separate proceeding, since he pleaded guilty and helped in solving the crime.
The schemes of “earnings”, the investigation and the court established, were varied: either instead of high-quality and expensive equipment, the institute purchased cheaper equipment from Chinese firms, or entered into fictitious contracts, or beat off impressive “bonuses” for its employees with dubious money transfers.<br/
So, in particular, in 2013, the investigation and the court established that the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and KNRTU-KHTI signed a state contract for the implementation of development work on the development of equipment for the production of armor plates based on polyethylene plastic. The executor of the contract was NPO Techno-Leader LLC, the director of which was Brysaev. As a result, the company delivered the desired product several times cheaper, and the deal was carried out through a counterparty. In addition, the bonuses for the execution of the state contract, which were awarded to 44 employees of the university, eventually went into the pockets of Adbullin and Dyakonov. Some of the episodes are also related to the execution of this contract, the other part – to the holding of scientific seminars at KNRTU-KHTI together with PJSC Gazprom.
In total, the case of Dyakonov and Co. consisted of 10 episodes. By the end of the trial, the court estimated the damage from their actions at 42 million 568 thousand rubles instead of the 64.2 million established by the investigation.
The case came to its logical conclusion only in August 2020. Due to the large volume of the case, the reading of the verdict took two whole days and ended for Dyakonov with a real term. He was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison, which was the most severe term among all the defendants in the case. At the beginning of 2021, the Tajik Armed Forces legalized this decision, recalculating only the terms of being in a pre-trial detention center and under house arrest. Dyakonov pleaded not guilty to the crime.