Chain of scandals are being revealed about the activities of the former Russian Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov and his subordinates. The investigation focuses on a contract with a phony firm for supply of English furniture for the Russian Navy.
The “Severnaya verf”(The Northern Wharf) shipyard awarded a 40 million rubles contract to a little-known Company, called “Morskie Kompleksnie Sistemi”. The firm has to outfit the corvette “Gremyashiy” (“The Fulminatory”), which is under construction, with furniture from a British company called Strongbox.
The firm was was authorized by former Defense Minister to supply furniture for all Naval Forces of Russia, but when journalists began examining it, their conclusion was: MKS LLC can easily be a shell company, and tracks of presumable fraud lead to people around Ilya Klebanov, a former Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the North-Western Federal District.
The story as investigated by Julia Nikitina and Denis Korotkov, and it was published on Fontanka.ru on January 15, 2013.
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