Secrets of the Timur Ivanov case
24.04.2024 17:23

As the VChK-OGPU telegram channel learned, the development of Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov took two years, all this time his telephone conversations were tapped, and there were bugs in a number of premises. Timur Ivanov is accused of receiving a bribe not only with services and work, but also with money. As for the uniform in which Timur Ivanov was in the aquarium during his arrest, the security forces did not allow him to change clothes. His driver Andrei was ready to take off his things. Employees could deliver the uniform from the office or home where the searches were taking place. But the security forces insisted that Ivanov be in uniform in the aquarium in front of the cameras.

Olimpsitistroy LLC, whose co-founder Alexander Fomin, according to the investigation, testified against the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Timur Ivanov, regularly sued the structures of the Ministry of Defense, in particular, the Main Directorate for the Arrangement of Troops (GUOV), the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Main Military Construction Directorate" ( GVSU) in connection with the execution of contracts. The parties sued each other for tens of millions of rubles; during the consideration of the cases, corruption details were revealed, but the initiation of criminal cases was never reported. It is possible that Ivanov could help resolve legal issues in favor of Olympsitistroy.

One of the last decisions in favor of Olimpsitistroy was made on January 22. The Moscow Arbitration Court rejected the GUOV's claim for the recovery of unjust enrichment in the amount of 31 million rubles as part of the execution of an agreement for measurement work, surveys, engineering surveys and the development of design and working documentation based on them, as well as other work. The agreement was concluded in order to fulfill the state defense order on April 27, 2018.

“In support of his claims, the plaintiff referred to the circumstances that during the inspection by the military prosecutor’s office of the Central Military District of the legality of the implementation of the state defense order for the construction of storage system infrastructure, violations of anti-corruption legislation were revealed during the construction of storage zone No. 4, aimed at an unreasonable increase in cost construction work by including in the design and estimate documentation fictitious information about the performance of construction and installation work in cramped conditions, which led to their increase in cost and, as a consequence, causing damage to the state on a particularly large scale,” the court decision says.

The court, however, concluded that the amount of the claims “represents an erroneous payment for work accrued with the unlawful application of the constraint factor.”

On September 20, 2021, the Moscow arbitration court terminated the proceedings on the claim of the Main Directorate of Internal Affairs against Olympsitistroy for 31.8 million rubles (also unjust enrichment) and approved a settlement agreement between the parties, within the framework of which a set-off was made taking into account previous decisions in favor of Olympsitistroy. On November 27, 2020, the same court, following the claim of Olympsitistroy, recovered 41.3 million rubles of debt from the State Administration for Educational Institutions as part of the execution of the contract for the construction of the Kemerovo Presidential Cadet School.

On February 26, 2024, the Moscow Arbitration Court accepted the GVSU claim for recovery of 64.5 million rubles from Olimpsitistroy. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 27. When considering this claim, Ivanov will definitely not help the defendant in any way.

According to a source from, there is a lot that is unclear in the case of Timur Ivanov, since details may not be disclosed in the interests of the investigation. So far it has become known that Sergei Shoigu’s deputy has long been in operational development, which was carried out by the military counterintelligence of the FSB.

It is noteworthy that the scandal in the Ministry of Defense broke out on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration, which will take place on May 7. After it there will be a change of government, which may not include some of its members. There are several versions of the loudest scandal in the Ministry of Defense since the resignation of its former head Anatoly Serdyukov in 2012.

According to the telegram channel VChK-OGPU, his good friend Sergei Borodin was arrested along with Timur Ivanov. He is the founder of Volzhsky Bereg LLC. From 2021 to 2023, this company belonged to OSS LLC (Oboronspetsstroy), which is owned by Alexander Novikov and Dmitry Berezyuk. They could be the next ones the security forces come for.

The fact is that OSS LLC, together with Dmitry Khavronin, are the founders of Brigantina LLC, and Khavronin and Alexander Fomin own Olimpsitistroy LLC, which acts as a contractor for the Military Construction Company (VSK), which is engaged in construction in Mariupol. In 2023, the revenue of Olimpsitistroy LLC amounted to 65 billion rubles. (+241%), profit – 11 billion rubles. (+283%).

From 2015 to 2016, Sergei Borodin was the founder of MCC Credit Line LLC, ceding his share to Svetlana Maniovich, the ex-wife of Timur Ivanov, whom he divorced in 2022 so that his missus would avoid sanctions.

Timur Ivanov did not admit his guilt in accepting a bribe. Most likely, he is counting on the help of Sergei Shoigu, ohHowever, in such situations, hope may be in vain. Ivanov can be reminded of all his sins, of which there are a great many.

In March 2015, the deputy head of the property relations department of the Ministry of Defense, Alexander Gorshkolepov, was detained, who took over the corruption baton from Evgenia Vasilyeva, a defendant in the Oboronservis case. Gorshkolepov was considered a member of Shoigu’s team, but received 7.9 years in prison for bribes.

The head of the Department of Property Relations at that time was Dmitry Kurakin, under his leadership the return of the Ministry of Defense facilities squandered by Serdyukov took place. It was Kurakin who advised the appointment of Gorshkolepov to the position. In 2020, Dmitry Kurakin was arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes while working in the Ministry of Defense from 2012 to 2017.

The “black hole” under Timur Ivanov was the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome. Back in 2017, the Ministry of Defense was unable to account for 29 billion rubles. in front of Roskomos. It was going to collect them from unscrupulous contractors, from whom they could receive kickbacks. The ex-heads of the now liquidated Spetsstroy company, Alexander Zagorulko and Alexander Buryakov, were suspected of embezzling 450 million rubles. How much money was stolen during the construction of Vostochny cannot be calculated to this day, although Vladimir Putin has paid attention to the facility more than once.

Last July, members of a criminal group operating from 2012 to 2015 were convicted. The organizer of the scheme was businessman Ruben Mazmanyan, and the damage caused to the Ministry of Defense amounted to 482 million rubles. The perpetrators received from 5 to 8 years in prison. Timur Ivanov faces up to 15 years in prison. He can pull other leaders of the Ministry of Defense with him, including Sergei Shoigu.


Arseny Dronov