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Think you can't afford a fighter jet? This Russian official sold 4 MiG-31s at $2 each & avoided prison for years

Added 07-04-20 02:37:02am EST - “Several MiG-31 jets were written off the state balance sheet at a price of an ice-cream cone and then resold for millions to the same firm that already owned them, via a mind-boggling scheme by a double-dealing Russian official.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Think you can't afford a fighter jet? This Russian official sold 4 MiG-31s at $2 each & avoided prison for years”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The details of the brazen fraud, which took place in the late 2000s, have been revealed only now, a month after the law enforcers were finally able to detain the man behind it. 

A former civil servant in a branch of Russia’s Federal Agency for State Reserves (Rosrezerv) in Nizhny Novgorod, Andrey Silyakov, was arrested at his country house outside the city on the Volga River in late May. 

He had been sentenced in absentia to 11 years in prison almost a decade ago but remained at large for years and was even put on an international wanted list. The man returned to Russia from abroad after apparently feeling homesick or deciding that the law enforcers have already forgotten about him.

But the scheme, involving the pride of the Soviet and Russian Airforce – the MiG-31 supersonic fighter jets – that Silyakov invented and implemented was seemingly really hard to forget. 

The paths of the industrious official and the unique warplanes, which have been in service since the early 1980s, first crossed back in 2007. At the time, Rosrezerv decided to auction off some disused spare parts it had stockpiled, including iron rods and pieces of metal.

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