Russia ex-nuclear energy minister found guilty of theft

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

MOSCOW, February 19 (Itar-Tass) - The Zamoskvoretsky court of Moscow recognized ex-nuclear energy minister Yevgeny Adamov guilty of stealing over 30 million dollars.

The court considered proved his guilt of fraud and abuse of office.

“The court has ascertained that defendant Adamov has committed fraud by stealing a major amount of property abusing his office, which entailed substantial damage to the interests of the state,” the judge said on Tuesday.

The reading of the sentence is continuing in the court.

Prosecutor Viktor Antipov asked the court to sentence Adamov to 9 years in prison.

Zamoskvoretsky district guilty of embezzlement of budgetary funds all the figures standing trial on the case of ex- Atomic energy minister Yevgeny Adamov.

The prosecutor said Adamov had stolen property and organized a criminal group, whose members were Revmir Fraishtut and Vyacheslav Pismenny.

“The theft was committed by each of the defendants using their office,” the prosecutor said.

He asked the court to sentence Pismenny and Fraishtut to 7 and 5 years in prison.

Adamov and his lawyers asked the court for an acquitting ruling, saying that there was no crime in his actions.

Adamov said his activity at the post of nuclear power ministry was within his competence and was not unlawful.

Adamov was detained in Berne in May 2005 at the request of the US, where he was accused of embezzling 9 million dollars issued to Russia for nuclear safety projects.

He was extradited to Moscow at Russia’s request.

Pismenny, the former director of the Troitsk |Institute of Innovation and Thermonuclear Studies, and Fraishtut, the ex-director of Tekhsnabeksport, are accused of inflicting major damage to the Russian budget, enterprises and organizations.

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