Rosatom suspects Mikerin’s arrest politically motivated
Staff reporter Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom suspect political motivation behind arrest of Vadim Mikerin, Head of Tenam Corporation, by US secrete agency FBI, said a statement released in Dhaka on Sunday by the Russian agency. Rosatom has been engaged in development of 2000 MW nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. Tenam Corporation is the US subsidiary of Russia’s state owned exporter of enriched uranium and products- Techsnabexport, a sister concern of Rosatom. Earlier, on Friday, Vadim Mikerin was arrested in the United States on allegations of participating in a kickback scheme in exchange of awarding business from his employer company to US citizens without having to compete for the contracts. According to the allegations, Mikerin received $1.7 million in bribes for granting business contracts to three US citizens worth over US $33 million without participation in competitive bids. Commenting on the situation, Sergei Novikov, Director Communications of Rosatom, during an interview with a Russian TV channel, said: “We are tracking the situation and requesting additional information. If it is related to economic damage to Techsnabexport, we need the full data and we will certainly help to define, whether the contracts were executed at the price above the market level, i.e. whether the Tenam paid extra money as a result of actions by the company’s CEO.” “But taking into account those documents about an attempt by the FBI agents to persuade Vadim Mikerin to cooperate against Russia in exchange of freedom, a thought of political nature of the prosecution crosses our minds,” he added. Legal assistance is being rendered to Vadim Mikerin both through lawyer and consulate service in the Russian Embassy in USA, Novikov informed. Techsnabexport, also known by its brand name of Tenex, exports enriched uranium product and uranium conversion to a number of key markets, including the United States, Mexico, China, South Africa, Japan and several European states. Russia is the largest Uranium enrichment player in the world market taking 40 percent of the total supply.