Friday, June 7, 2013

MiG-29 Fraudster Gets Suspended Sentence

In a closed session, a Moscow court gave a four-year suspended sentence to Mikael Kazaryan, the last defendant in the criminal case over deliveries of low-quality equipment for MiG-29 fighters that Algeria rejected in 2007, Russia's business daily Kommersant reported. The suspended sentence is a result of a plea bargain between the defendant and the prosecutors. Criminal charges against Kazaryan, former general director of the Rezon company that sold the MiG Aircraft Corporation outdated equipment using forged certificates and tags, were brought in 2012 as part of a broader case involving several MiG officials and businessmen. Kazaryan, 58, initially fled to Armenia but later returned to Russia, surrendered to the authorities, and gave a detailed account of his criminal activities, the paper said, citing case materials.

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