Ex-Governor Yurevich to face new charges?

Ex-Governor Yurevich to face new charges?
Mikhail Yurevich

Intelligence agencies revealed frauds with land parcels, as a result of which damage in hundreds of millions of rubles (million dollars) was caused to the budget.

One of the largest construction companies of Chelyabinsk Green Park LLC was used to carry out financial frauds with land plots. Former Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region Mikhail Yurevich might also be engaged in the frauds. This was reported by URA.RU portal with reference to sources.

Thus, according to the portal, the seizure of documents which was carried out by law enforcement authorities on July 11 in the office of former deputy of the State Duma Sergey Weinstein was connected with the investigation of activity of Green Park LLC. According to reports, law enforcement authorities also paid a visit to offices of businessman Aleksey Krikun, Eugeny Weinstein (son of the former deputy) which were cofounders of the Green Park.

It all started when current governor Boris Dubrovsky ordered control bodies of the region to carry out an inspection of Green Park, namely to find out why treatment facilities in Kremenkula, settlement of Sosnovsky District, and infrastructure of residential district Zapadny were not put into operation though money for these purposes (about 1 billion rubles - $16 million) was allocated from the federal budget. Results of the check were sent to the Prosecutor's Office and Investigative Committee, where investigation verification concerning it started.

At the same time, the Federal Security Service got interested in the land transaction of 2013 when Green Park gave site on the bank of the Kremenkul lake to the Southern Ural corporation of housing construction and a mortgage (SU CHCM). As a result, the state corporation suffered from losses of more than 600 million rubles ($9 million). According to the portal, the Green Park purchased this site of 1.5 million squares from RZhS fund for the Housing of Young Families program and paid for it only 4 million rubles ($66 thousand). However, the site was sold to the corporation for 675 million rubles ($11 million). The price was explained by the fact that the Green Park allegedly received a project documentation on construction on this site, but it became clear later that the documents provided by the company were false, and that it was impossible to construct anything on the lands bought by the corporation because of the marshland.

So far this criminal case does not include specific defendants, but according to the portal, Ivan Petridi, former manager of Krikun’s family, who was heading Green Park at the time of the signing of the contract and who signed the transaction might become the first. Claims might be also made to ex-director of SU CHCM Yuri Leyvikov. Petridi, as well as Leyvikov, do not live in Russia anymore and according to rumors moved to Tashkent. Aleksey and Elena Krikun also live abroad now.

As for Mikhail Yurevich, he, according to his lawyer, is now on treatment in London. Nevertheless, as the CrimeRussia wrote earlier, the court made a decision on arrest in absentia of the official accused of Bribe-Taking (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Instigation to Slander (part 4 of Art. 33 and part 2 of Art. 128.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to case papers, being the Head of the Chelyabinsk Region (from 2010 to 2014), Yurevich was systematically getting bribes from his subordinate for the general protection - Minister of Health of the region Vitaly Teslenko (in 2014 he was also sentenced to seven years for bribery for 70 million rubles ($1 million)), which total amount was 26 million rubles ($430 thousand). Besides, according to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, with the suggestion of Yurevich, Channel One launched a program with slander against ex-chairman of the Chelyabinsk Regional Court Fedor Vyatkin. Yurevich rejects all charges.

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