Nikholai Abroskin was born on 1 January 1951 in Armievo village, Penza region. In 1973 he graduated from Ogarev Mordovia State University as an animal technician. After graduation he joined the Armed Forces. He took different educational, personnel and command positions in Rosspetsstroy, the Federal Agency for Special Construction.
In 1997 – 1998 he was the first deputy head of Rosspetsstroy.
In March 1999 he was appointed head of the Federal Service for Special Construction under the Russian Government.
In May 2000 the FSSC was reorganized as an independent federal body of the executive power. Abroskin was re-appointed its director.
Order for Service to the Motherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR 2nd and 3rd Grade
Order for Merit to the Fatherland 4th Grade.
Abroskin is ranked colonel-general.
He is married and has two daughters.
Reports say that, according to record copies of the Moscow Military Prosecutor's Office, the Federal Service for Special Construction had been used for money laundering for 10 years. Both public and private funds were transferred through it and then put into anonymous accounts of commercial banks. No complicated scheme was invented. Mostly, money was laundered through false bills for services actually never provided to the FSSC.
Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Vdovenko, department head of the FSSC, knew that during the period from April to December 2001 7.025 million dollars had been received from Private post-construction office of the Moscow Military District as a customer, but he did not submit a payment order and a bank statement on a receipt of funds to the account. The money put into the account of his department were transferred to internal bank accounts of International Bank for Trade and Cooperation and used in the interests of the bank.
In 2002 Abroskin's subordinate Colonel Oleg Kosovan and an unknown company made an agreement for '' providing unarmed security to the department of the FSSC''. According to the agreement terms, 1.4955 million rubles were transferred from the account of the FSSC to UNITRADECOM production company. In all Kosovan's department transferred 3.564 million rubles to the accounts of various organizations. The audit found that no company was registered at the address indicated in tax documents and all the companies were shell ones.
Managers of the FSSC, including Colonel Oleg Kosovan, succeeded in construction business as well. It turned out that a 243-apartment building constructed by the FSSC was put into service despite more than 900 defects. About 185 million rubles were paid to builders just after acceptance certificate had been signed. However, military experts believed that it would cost 22 million rubles to finish the work and to eliminate the defects. Head of the FSSC General Abroskin was well aware of his employees' activities. Moreover, he personally wrung out loans of the banks for them.
Source: The Moscow Post, 7 May 2010
In 2010 director of the Federal Service for Special Construction General Nikolai Abroskin got involved in a scandal related to a default on a huge debt to commercial banks. Sobinbank, Finservice, MDM and Morskoy banks issued loans to the FSSC in the total amount of more than 500 million rubles. Working capital loans were issued on Abroskin's parole. Despite the fact that 2008 public funds were distributed and the FSSC received the money due, he did not paid off the debt, although bankers applied to the court and the judge held that Finservice bank should get 257 million rubles from the FSSC.
Source: Parity-Media, 19 March 2010
On 22 April 2011 Dmitry Medvedev finally dismissed Nikolai Abroskin. Abroskin was replaced with former Deputy Defense Minister Grigory Naginsky. It took 4 years to remove a general who neglected his duties of constructing defense facilities. At the end of 2009 General Abroskin was first transferred to the civil service, then lost the most valuable employees in several regions, and only after that was fired.
Source: Kommersant, 27 April 2011