Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Ex-Rosatom Deputy Head Granted $160,000 Bail

Yevgeny Yevstratov is accused of embezzling more than 50 million rubles ($1.6 million) from state nuclear corporation Rosatom. Atomic-energy.ru

The Moscow City Court has ruled to release a former Rosatom deputy head on bail of 5 million rubles ($160,000), his lawyer said Monday.

Yevgeny Yevstratov is accused of embezzling more than 50 million rubles ($1.6 million) from the state nuclear corporation by conspiring with managers of state-owned nuclear companies to pocket money allocated for governmental contracts.

The court rejected petitions from prosecutors and investigators to keep Yevstratov in custody, and Yevstratov will be freed as soon as the bail money is deposited in the court's bank account, said his lawyer Alexander Gofshtein, according to the Rapsi legal news service.

Yevstratov was appointed deputy head of Rosatom by Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov on Sept. 1, 2008, and resigned in April 2011, months after the embezzlement investigation was opened. The case has sent shockwaves through Rosatom, which is headed by former Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko and is responsible for constructing nuclear reactors in Russia and abroad, including the one in the Iranian city of Bushehr.

A date for the trial has not been set. If convicted of embezzlement, Yevstratov faces up to 10 years in prison.

Related articles:

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more