The head of the manufacturer of the ships “Cheetah” and “Tornado” was detained for a bribe :: Society :: RBC

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Investigating authorities believe that the head of the Ak Bars corporation should be sent to jail. Earlier it was reported that the official is suspected of giving a large bribe to an employee of the Ministry of Defense

Renat Mistakhov

(Photo: Grigory Sysoev / RIA Novosti)

The investigation asked the Khamovnichesky court of Moscow to arrest the director general of the Ak Bars shipbuilding corporation, Renat Mistakhov, who is suspected of giving bribes on an especially large scale, Irakli Sokhadze, spokesman for the Khamovnichesky court of Moscow, told RBC.

In the application, the investigating authorities indicate that Mistakhov is undergoing proceedings in the case initiated under part 5 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code (giving a bribe on an especially large scale), RIA Novosti reported.

In early February, the Kommersant newspaper reported that Mistakhov, a deputy of the State Council of Tatarstan, was a witness in a corruption case in the audit department of state contracts of the Russian Ministry of Defense. One of his defendants – the former head of the department of this department, Yuri Efimov – as a result of a pre-trial agreement with the investigation, testified against Mistakhov. He argued that the latter, for the approval of contracts for the supply of parts for anti-sabotage boats Grachonok in 2014-2015, paid a total of about 65 million rubles as a bribe, the newspaper wrote.

Mistakhov himself during a confrontation with Efimov categorically denied the version of a bribe.

Ak Bars Shipbuilding Corporation was established in 2018. It included Zelenodolsk plant them. Gorky (who was headed by Mistakhov in 2014–2015), Zelenodolsk Design Bureau, Kazan plant Elektropribor, Ak Bars Metal. The corporation’s website says that it produces small anti-submarine ships, coast guard and fire support vessels, artillery boats, Cheetah frigates, and ships of the Tornado project.

At the end of last year, Ak Bars agreed to build four patrol and four small missile ships for the Black Sea Fleet. As Mistakhov told the TASS news agency then, all of these ships should have been ready by 2024.

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