Russian army ex-officer jailed for selling ammunition

Moscow, April 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A former military commander in central Russia’s Yaroslavl region has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for illegally selling ammunition to a private firm.

The Prosecutor General’s Office said that acting as part of a criminal gang, Col. Vladimir Otinov, former chief of the Russian Navy’s Air Force and Air Defense Force Logistics Directorate, in 2008 illegally classified a number of aircraft missiles and anti-submarine bombs as decommissioned ammunition to be scrapped.

He then sold them to a company for 450,000 rubles (about $15,000).

All the stolen ammunition has been recovered, it added.

Otinov confessed to the crime and actively cooperated with the investigation.

The court also ordered him to pay a fine of 30,000 rubles (about $1,000).

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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