In 1995, the Murmansk region was shocked by unprecedented fraud: five swindlers managed to pull a con game on local government and transfer 40 billion rubles ($6,5 million at that moment) assigned for medical purposes to foreign bank accounts. Later four of them were captured and convicted, yet the fifth still walks free.
This story is a real detective novel including multiple financial schemes, escapes and arrests on the borders.
At the instigation of former Murmansk region governor, Evgeny Komarov, the federal government in 1995 transferred 40 billion rubles to the regional budget. The administration intended to spend the money on supplies and equipment for local medical institutions. But the hospitals never saw neither money, nor equipment: the funds went to five cheeky businessmen. They got the supply contract due to self-asserted connections with high-ranked Moscow officials. During the past 17 years, four of the criminals have served their detentions. However, the fifth one eluded prison – because of expiry of the limitation period.
Journalist Sergey Yudkov narrates about the “crime of the century” on Kola Peninsula in his documentary, broadcasted by TV-21 channel.
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