MOSCOW, 14 January. /TASS/. Major General Andrei Koban, head of the radio-technical troops of the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation, was arrested on charges of accepting a bribe of 5 million rubles. This was reported by a TASS correspondent from hall 235 of the garrison military court, where the issue of extending the measure of restraint to the officer is being considered.
“Major General Koban is charged under Part 6 of Art. 290 (taking a bribe on an especially large scale). According to the investigation, he received a bribe of at least 5 million rubles from the Director General of the Nizhny Novgorod Research Institute of Radio Engineering. By decision of 235 Garrison the military court imposed on him a preventive measure in the form of detention, “Vitaly Dmitriev, an investigator of the GVSU of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, read out a petition to extend the arrest. He asked the court to extend the detention until April 20.
According to a TASS correspondent, Andrei Koban was dismissed from the post of chief of the radio-technical troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces after being accused of accepting a bribe.
“As far as I know, I was dismissed and removed from the staff. In addition, the investigator told me orally that there is an order from the Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov on my dismissal from the armed forces,” Koban said during the court session.
In addition, new episodes may appear in the Coban case. “For now, the investigation is at the very beginning. Perhaps later, when all the necessary investigative actions have been taken, new episodes will appear in the case,” said Andrei Zenkov, a spokesman for the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office.
As stated in the materials of the case, announced in court, Koban pleaded not guilty. At the same time, he is positively characterized in service, has state awards. However, as the investigator emphasized, the general’s involvement in the bribe is confirmed by the testimony of witnesses, as well as by the data of operational-search measures that were carried out with the participation of FSB officers. Earlier, the court imposed a security arrest on the property of the general.