Another lawsuit awaits Dalnegorsk Mayor
This time, Igor Sahuta is accused of business patronage.
A case under part 3 of Art. 289 (Illegal Participation in Business Activity) has been initiated against Dalnegorsk Mayor Igor Sahuta. According to investigators, between November 2013 and December 2015 Sahuta was participating (whether personally or through intermediaries) in the management of Avtobaza 7 – a commercial firm that had belonged to him before he was elected mayor. After that, the company officially belonged to his civilian wife, Anna Shekera.
According to investigators, Sahuta was using his official position to back the company at competitions the Dalnegorsk Administration held. This allowed Avtobaza 7 to get a 2.2-million-ruble contract for snow removal in 2016.
This has not been the first lawsuit against the mayor. In December 2016, Sahuta was detained on suspicion of Abuse of Official Powers (part 3 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code). The case was about fraud during the implementation of a resettlement program. Investigators believe that late 2015 the official ran e-auctions where one could purchase well-appointed apartments allocated for underprivileged people at inflated prices. 34 apartments were purchased with the total extra charge of 1.5 million rubles. 22 million rubles was the damage the mayor inflicted on the Fund of Housing Reforming, the budget of Primorsky Region and that of the city of Dalnegorsk.
Sahuta was jailed for 2 months in December 16, 2016.