The head of Voentelecom is charged with fraud and extortion. This is the third consecutive director under a criminal case

A criminal case was brought against Alexander Yakunin, Director General of Voentelecom, at the behest of Denis Zakharov, Head of RS-komplekt (a major contractor of Russian Railways). He says that Yakunin was seeking to take his company away from him, requesting from him hundreds of millions of rubles, and threatening his health and his life as well. Until Yakunin, court charges were brought against two other Voentelecom directors, all of whom were found guilty and jailed.

Charges for Ransom:

In a court case of bribery and extortion, Alexander Yakunin, General Director of Voentelecom JSC, became a complainant. He was seeking, according to Kommersant, to take over the company of one of the Russian Railways’ suppliers.

On the basis of a statement by the head of JSC RS-Komplekt, a criminal case against Yakunin was launched. According to the paper, Voentelecom’s general director presented himself to him as the nephew of the head of Russian Railways and tried to seize his company, requesting huge amounts of money from him at the same time, and threatening his life.

Voentelecom is a federally-significant specialist service provider whose efforts are aimed at safeguarding the state’s interests in the area of information security and telecommunications, as well as the growth of the domestic research and information technology market.

He met Alexander Yakunin back in 2008, as Denis Zakharov told members of the Russian FSB and the police, and he introduced himself to him as the nephew of the then President of the Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin (he left this position in 2015). In 2012, after a profitable contract with Russian Railways, Yakunin called Zakharov and told him that he needed to pay for it if he wished to continue selling his products.

According to Zakharov, Yakunin forced him to pass 10% of the value of the contracts entered into with the state corporation to those employees of Russian Railways, otherwise he not only fails to accept new orders, but also does not see payment for the goods already delivered.

The head of the “RS-kit” paid the sum, but received a new “offer” from Yakunin – to give 60% of his company, and to share the remainder with him directly in exchange for receipt by the “RS-kit” of the position of the sole railway supplier for the “the entire range of top railway track structure ” Annual revenue in the region of 10 billion to 20 billion rubles was promised and Zakharov gave his consent again.

Deception and Threats to Life

As a result of the contract, Denis Zakharov sold 80 percent of his company’s shares to a certain Temirlan Taigibov, reportedly a representative of Russian Railways, and Alexander Yakunin (80 thousand rubles), leaving just 20 percent to himself. He really got the money, but he never got any promised support. And after sending a report to them, during the investigation, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB discovered that Taigibov had little to do with with the Russian Railways or with Yakunin himself.

Then Denis Zakharov’s current “partners” offered to employ Kazbek Karabashev, a former colonel of the Investigation Committee’s Main Investigative Committee of the capital, and a close friend of Alexander Yakunin, in the security service. The “partners” later started to push Zakharov to send the remaining 20% of the company to them and pay them 100 million $US.

Denim Zakharov declined this time to cooperate with the extortionists’ terms, following which he got threats and was forced to flee abroad. Kazbek Karabashev was appointed CEO of his company during the summer of 2019, when Zakharov was outside Russia.

Statements by Zakharov and the beginning of the investigation

Denis Zakharov’s statement against Alexander Yakunin, which he lodged with the FSB and Moscow police in the spring of 2020, was the next step in the growth of this case. A felony investigation was launched by law enforcement authorities, first under Section 3 of Art.

163 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code (extortion on a particularly broad scale), and finally, in compliance with Article 159 of Section 4 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code (especially large fraud with the purchase of shares). The transcripts of hazard communications, as well as financial records, is the proof of this case.

The analysis found that the securities that Zakharov sold for just 80 thousand rubles under Yakunin’s pressure were in fact priced at more than 61 million rubles. “The threatening documents were also reviewed, on the basis of which officials of the Interior Ministry believed that Denis Zakharov may have had “adverse effects” “in the form of detention” and death.

The effort of Yakunin to explain himself

Alexander Yakunin, Temirlan Taygibov and Kazbek Karabashev were interviewed during the trial, but all of them were summoned only as witnesses due to the absence of the accused at the time of the interview in this case. Kommersant writes in his testimony, Yakunin said that he wrote a letter about Zakharov for allegedly exploiting his forces.

According to him, not Denis Zakharov, but Yakunin personally, along with Taigibov, actually formed the PC-Komplekt business. Zakharov, Yakunin says, was named “on the basis of an oral agreement.” as the creator and head of the company.

Yakunin and his acquaintances also explained why they had a disagreement with Zakharov, in their view. Everything that happened, including the dismissal of Zakharov and financial charges against him, reportedly stemmed from Yakunin, Taigibov and Karabashev’s frustration with the fact that he “carried out deliveries through a” gasket company” for many years.”

The investigation into the Zakharov case against his “partners” was underway at the time the material was released. The actual culprit (or perpetrators) of the accidents that happened have not been remembered.

In a row, the third CEO

Alexander Yakunin, who turned out to be a suspect in the court case, became the third president of Voentelecom in a row. Nikolai Tamodin, who led Voentelecom for three years, was the first in this trio: from January 2010 to February 2013. His departure was due to the expiry of the deal, but he was arrested by law enforcement authorities in September 2013. According to the inquiry, Tamodin supplied the Ministry of Defense with special technical equipment in 2011, along with members of related industrial companies, which was clearly unusable, written off and removed from the army’s balance sheet.

Kommersant heard in February 2019 that Davydov was already convicted of embezzling almost 1 billion rubles, and was accused of taking a bribe and economic bribery. Davydov got a luxury international car from his subordinate, according to the inquiry. In comparison, the latter fictitiously employed the sister of his employer in a commercial business, where more than 8,397.90 US dollars were paid to her. Thanks to the latest episodes, Davydov may end up in jail for more than ten years. The inquiry into his case was still underway at the time the content was released.