The Russian Navy announced that a former commander of the Sovremenny class destroyer cooperated with other military and civilians and stole the ship's two bronze propellers. The decommissioned Bespokoynyy destroyer was in the dry dock.
On January 11, 2021, Sergei Sharshavykh, the head of the military investigation department of the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Navy, declared that the investigation into the theft is nearly complete. The names of the former commander of Bespokoynyy or any of his accomplices and what kind of punishments they risk have not been published. The two propellers are valued at about 39 million rubles, just over $ 530,000.
Sharshavykh, the Russian navy investigator, told Interfax that in order to cover their tracks, those involved in the theft mounted two counterfeit propellers, whose cost and quality are several times lower than the original bronze ones.
The robbery took place at the Yantar shipyard in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. The Russian province of Kaliningrad is heavily militarized and home to the Baltic Fleet.
The Russian destroyer was officially decommissioned in 2018 and is now on display at the Patriot Park in Kronstadt, on Kotlin Island, near St. Petersburg.