Bank Account of Oboronservis' Vasilyeva Frozen
- The Moscow Times
- Jul. 29 2013 00:00
- Last edited 11:43
Theábank account ofáYevgenia Vasilyeva, a chief suspect atáthe center ofáthe Oboronservis investigation intoáthe sale ofástate land atábelow market prices, has been frozen byáMoscow's Khamovnichesky District Court, news reports said Friday.
While theáexact amount ofámoney involved was not disclosed, Vasilyeva's lawyer, Hasan-Ali Borokov, suggested that the development was not new and theábank account had actually been seized several weeks ago.
"This event did not take place today, yesterday, not this week or even this month. I cannot remember theáprecise date, but it was atáthe start ofáJune or even theáend ofáMay," theálawyer told RIA Novosti.
Vasilyeva,áformer head ofáthe Defense Ministry property relations department, is currently under house arrest until Sept. 23, when a court will decide what to do next.
Vasilyeva stands accused ofáhaving facilitated theásale ofáseveral Defense Ministry assets atáwell below market prices ináexchange forápayments fromácommercial partners. TheáInvestigative Committee has prepared aácase detailing 11 instances ofáfraud conducted through theáOboronservis agency, which was tasked with selling off unneeded Defense Ministry property.
Vasilyeva had served alongside former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov as aádirector atáOboronservis.
Theáproperty involved is substantive, valued atá16 billion rubles ($500 million), andáincludes theáVoyentorg andáSoyuz hotels ináMoscow, aáwarehouse complex ináOdintsovo, anáoil transshipment complex ináMurmansk, aánumber ofámilitary facilities andáa significant holding ofáland ináthe Krasnodar region. Theáloss ofárevenue toáthe state through these sales is estimated at 7.5 billion rubles ($237 million).
Earlier this year, authorities seized Vasilyeva's property holdings: two St. Petersburg apartments, one apartment ináMoscow, aáhouse ináthe Leningrad region andánonresidential property onáMoscow's Arbat street.