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Alexander Yakovlev (diplomat)

Alexander Yakovlev was a long-serving tenured member of the United Nations procurement department who was involved in the Oil-for-Food Programme scandal and had other allegations of impropriety.

Yakovlev has been working in the UN Secretariat since 1985. In 1993, Yakovlev signed a permanent contract with the UN as a private individual (without secondment by the Russian Federation).[1]

The diplomat was accused by the investigators of taking nearly $1 million in bribes, which also includes alleged illicit dealings with Compass Group PLC's subsidiary Eurest Support Services (ESS) and its terminated CEO Peter R. Harris and senior executive Andy Seiwert.

Yakovlev is alleged to have conducted himself improperly in 1996 when he indirectly tried to get bribes from Société Générale de Surveillance S.A.

Yakovlev resigned June 23, 2005. On August 8, 2005, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan waived the diplomatic immunity of Alexander Yakovlev upon a request from the U.S. Attorney's Office, and Yakovlev apparently had been taken into custody, said Mark Malloch Brown, Annan's chief of staff. Yakovlev's case (1:2005-cr-00819) was assigned to Southern District of New York.

The same day he pleaded guilty to wire fraud under the Oil-for-Food Programme, making him the first U.N. official to face criminal charges in connection with the scandal-tainted operation. He was released under bond of $400,000.

Alexander Yakovlev also pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of wire fraud and money laundering for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from U.N. contractors in his work outside oil-for-food. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison for each of the three counts. His Brooklyn-based criminal lawyer Arkady L. Bukh said it could take several years until Yakovlev was sentenced. On December 22, 2010 he was sentenced to time served, 2 years of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit $900,000.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Обвиняемый в коррупции сотрудник ООН Яковлев не работал в МИД РФ" [UN employee Yakovlev, accused of corruption, did not work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation]. РИА Новости (in Russian). August 9, 2005. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  2. ^ "Case against Russian UN Official Takes Unexpected Turn". Kommersant. March 5, 2007. Archived from the original on November 17, 2014. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  3. ^ "UN slams convicted procurement fraudster for trying to claim benefits". Fox News. April 17, 2014. Retrieved 2019-08-07.