Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin starts deleting tweets about his nephew, after reporters discover a defense-industry conflict of interest
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has Twitter to thank for another scandal. From 2010 to 2011, while serving as Russia’s representative to NATO, Rogozin bragged several times about his nephew, Roman, who was serving as a decorated helicopter pilot in Chad.
According to the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, in 2012 the nephew joined the board of directors at the Tula and Ulyanovsk bullet factory — an enterprise in the defense industry, which Dmitry Rogozin oversees as deputy prime minister. Roman Rogozin also joined the board of directors at “Photoelectric Devices,” which was hired to develop components for night-vision goggles.
Despite government investments, the company failed to produce the needed components. Roman Rogozin later stepped down from his positions at these companies.
What happened when Rogozin was approached about his nephew's jobs?
Novaya Gazeta reached out to Dmitry Rogozin’s representative about the apparent conflict of interest, and a few weeks later the deputy prime minister’s spokesperson said that Rogozin ... doesn’t have a nephew. After this, Rogozin’s tweets where he mentions his nephew suddenly started disappearing.
This isn’t Rogozin’s first brush with conflicts of interest.
In 2012, he faced criticism because he son, Alexey, worked as assistant director at the company “Promtekhnologiya,” which produces the Orsis rifle. Dmitry Rogozin even lobbied on behalf of this company. At the time, the deputy prime minister wrote on Facebook that his family agreed Alexey would step down, to avoid the appearance of any conflicts of interest. Before long, however, Rogozin’s nephew took his son’s place.
Correction: This text originally misidentified Roman Rogozin as the deputy prime minister's cousin. According to Rogozin's tweets, he is in fact his nephew. Meduza apologizes for the mistake.