The introduction of temporary reductions in the supply of electricity to the facilities of military units of the Russian Defense Ministry does not affect the defense and security of the country.

28 october 2013 | IA REGNUM

On October 28, RAO ES East had imposed restrictions on the supply of electricity to some minor objects of Oboronenergosbyt OJSC in Primorsky Krai. The company owed more than 136 million rubles just in Primorsky Krai. Together with Khabarovsk Krai, the Jewish and Amur Oblasts, it owes about 224 million rubles.

Dmitry Khomchenko
Dmitry Khomchenko
Department for Sectors of Economy

Dmitry Khomchenko, expert at the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation, giving an interview to a correspondent of IA REGNUM, said that the limiting of the power supply to the Ministry of Defense in the Far East does not affect the defense and security of the country.

“The limiting of the consumption of the electrical energy for all consumers is only made under a limited number of circumstances, listed in the law, which include, inter alia, consumer’s non-performance or improper performance of obligations in paying for electricity”, said the expert.

This restriction, he said, was not made arbitrarily, but according to a regulated procedure, written in the “Rules of complete and (or) partial operational limiting of electrical energy (power) consumption”, approved by the Government of the Russian Federation on May 4, 2012 No. 442. Mr. Khomchenko stressed that according to these Rules, there are special categories of consumers of electrical energy (power), whose limiting of consumption can lead to economic, environmental, and social consequences. “The troops of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, of course, can be called ‘special customers’, but according to paragraph 18 of the Rules, a partial restriction of energy consumption is allowed. At the same time, the power-consuming emergency services must be allocated with separate lines, on which the supply of electric energy cannot be shut down,” said the expert.

In addition, he added that Oboronenergosbyt OJSC is not a military unit of the Ministry of Defense. It represents an intermediary supplier between the producers and consumers of electrical energy (military units).

“Thus, the introduction of temporary limits to the supply of electricity, not only to minor objects but even to the military units of the Russian Ministry of Defense, does not affect the defense and security of the country. Moreover this is a justified measure towards other consumers of electric energy, indirectly being forced to pay for others, including those financed from government budgets of all levels of the budget system of the Russian Federation, including the federal budget, which financially supports the Ministry of Defense of Russia,” concluded Dmitry Khomchenko.