$7.9 million confiscated from West Ural Rostekhnadzor ex-head
Alexander Kondalov is accused of abuse of office. His official income during his time in office turned out to be 20 times less than the funds found.
Leninsky District Court of Perm is considering a lawsuit by the regional prosecutor on converting the property of the former Head of the West Ural Directorate of Rostekhnadzor and the former Head of the regional prosecutor’s office, Alexander Kondalov, worth more than 500 million rubles ($7.9 m), into the state revenue, Kommersant reports. Kondalov is accused of Exceeding Official Powers (part 1 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Money and property, including a country house, were discovered during investigative and operational activities in the framework of a case against him.
According to investigators, serving as Head of Rostekhnadzor’s Directorate, Kondalov signed certificates of registration of highly hazardous production facilities (HPF) of one of the major oil companies, which contained deliberately false information on reducing the hazard class of facilities. This led to cut costs of maintaining facilities and lower deductions to the budget in the amount of about 100 million rubles ($1.5 m), and also opened the door for emergency situations and incidents at facilities.
According to sources familiar with the situation, 50 million rubles ($790 thousand) belonging to Kondalov as well as 70 million rubles ($1.1 m) in a safe-deposit box rented by him were seized during searches. The interlocutors of the publication note that bank accounts with a total of 400 million rubles ($6.3 m) were opened in the name of the ex-official.
According to the prosecutor's office, the money could not be a legitimate income. Over the period of work in Rostekhnadzor (from 2009 to 2017), Kondalov earned about 20 times less than this amount. Prior to that, for 10 years, the official had headed the prosecutor’s office, first in the Perm region and then in Perm Krai. In view of his annual income reports, he could not legally receive more than 500 million rubles ($7.9 m). The lawsuit also features a country house in Dobryansky district, which, according to the prosecutor’s office, Kondalov also could not build on legal income.
Earlier, the investigation found out that Kondalov owns health retreat Chaika with an area of 320 square meters in Tolyatti. On March 25, Leninsky District Court of Perm satisfied the application of the city administration regarding the collection of fees from the official for using the plot under the health resort.
Currently, Kondalov is abroad. In the spring of 2017, he went on vacation and left for Israel. As a result, the ex-official was declared wanted. The son of Kondalov argued that he could not return from Israel because of too small a retirement benefit, with which it is impossible to buy a plane ticket.