Arrested Boris Popov: corrupt official or victim of political intrigues?
According to a CrimeRussia’s source, Boris Popov, arrested at the end of December, 2016, for several years was in operational development which was conducted by the local Ministry of Internal Affairs at the initiative of administration of the region. Its purpose was to discredit Popov as the political opponent of current Head of the Republic of Yakutia Egor Borisov.
At the end of December, exactly on the eve of New Year's holidays, the head of the Nyurbinsky district of Yakutia Boris Popov was detained and taken into custody. Concerning the high-ranking official criminal case under the article Official Power Abuse causing heavy consequences (part 3 Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) was initiated. According to the investigators, in May, 2015 Boris Popov signed the illegal order about payment of an advance payment in 38 million rubles to the contractor of a construction of school in the village Kyundyadya.
Deputy of the State Duma Fedot Tumusov stood up for his childhood friend and the party fellow from Just Russia, the 61-year-old detained official. In an interview to the CrimeRussia, Tumusov told Boris Popov was being observed for several years, and the head of the region knew about that.
“I know Boris Nikolaevich since childhood he is very careful person, – Fedot Tumusov noted. - And he knew that he was being observed for several years. He was watched, listened, three times criminal cases were almost initiated against him on different reasons. He knew all this therefore he behaved very carefully not to make mistakes”.
− In that case why Boris Popov's arrest on an episode of 2015 became possible?
- Consider that this is a politically motivated pressure. He was densely “conducted” in operational development, and then a case against him was fabricated before holidays, to discredit him.
According to the CrimeRussia’s source, cultivation of Popov’s case on the instructions of the head of the republic, Egor Borisov, “for about three years” was conducted by First Deputy Interior Minister, chief of police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Yakutia Konstantin Neustroyev.
One of the political factors of arrest of Popov can be a conflict of interests, which occurred between the head of Yakutia Egor Borisov and Boris Popov a month before his detention. As REGNUM news agency reported, in November, 2016 at a meeting of the budget committee of regional parliament Boris Popov publicly opposed privatization of 10% state-owned shares of the largest diamond-mining company "ALROSA-Nyurba" (annual dividends from which constitute 1,4 billion rubles, and the estimated value of a packet exceeds 15 billion rubles) and asked to hold a referendum among inhabitants on privatization of the entity. Privatization was supported by deputies of State Assembly of Yakutia with assistance of the government of the republic. In 2015 the share block of ALROSA-Nyurba brought in the budget of Yakutia dividends in the amount of 1,4 billion rubles.
In his turn Egor Borisov reported that he supported the sale of state shares, explaining it with the fact that they at any time can stop being a quick asset.
Head of Yakutia Egor Borisov
In a month after juicy scandal in Nyurbe, investigators rushed into Boris Popov's office. Fedot Tumusov considered arrest of the official as “the act of intimidation”.
By estimates of local media, Boris Popov is the second person after Fedot Tumusov in Just Russia opposition party, which in the Republic of Yakutia constitutes the serious competition of authorities in power on a wave of discontent of citizens with actions of administration of the republic.
To recall, on the same day when criminal case on Boris Popov was opened, criminal case was opened also on his first deputy Innokenti Vasilyev. As Kommersant reported, according to the investigators, within implementation of the republican program of resettlement of citizens the official made illegal documents according to which the builder received an advance payment without accomplishment of terms of the contract by him of an emergency housing stock. Total amount constituted about 15 million 83 thousand rubles. Boris Popov does not admit his guilt, calling accusations fabricated.
Head of Nyurbinsky district Boris Popov: accusations are fabricated
“Case is initiated under the same article – official power abuse, - Fedot Tumusov noted in a conversation with the CrimeRussia. – However, the first deputy of Popov is not imprisoned and fulfills duties of the head of the area. It raises questions, why in broad daylight when New Year's morning performances are being held in the republic, special troops rush into an office of one and detains him with scandal, and silently bring charges to another and report that he will fulfill duties of the head of the area”.
Fedot Tumusov also considers the measure of restraint appointed to Boris Popov by court unfair: “He is 61 years old, he had a diabetes, asthma and some other diseases which are very difficult for him to have in such conditions. It was possible to appoint house arrest. Especially, as he has an apartment in Yakutsk, where he will not stand in way of investigation”.
Besides, Fedot Tusumov considers that among actions of which Popov is now accused there was no official power abuse: “He within the powers of the head of the area sent the budget to the state funded organization. Sent the relevant document to investment management. And further the head of department should have listed to the contractor. That means that if the money are transferred to the contractor incorrectly, then it is the guilt of of investment and construction management. When money from the budget is transferred to the state funded organization, they always go through treasury, and the treasury always checks whether this decision is correct. From these facts obviously that case is sewed by white threads”.
On December 30, 2016 the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Fedot Tumusov addressed (the editorial office has the address at its disposal) to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation and to the Investigative Committee of Russia with a request to find out circumstances of detention and to take legal investigation of Popov under control. According to the CrimeRussia, answers from the department have not been received yet.
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