Buryatia Deputy Construction Minister detained for stealing $2.9 million allocated for orphans’ housing

Buryatia Deputy Construction Minister detained for stealing $2.9 million allocated for orphans’ housing
Deputy Construction Minister Sergey Rybalchenko

Along with Sergey Rybalchenko, businessman Sergey Domshoyev was detained.

Buryatia saw Deputy Minister of Construction Sergey Rybalchenko and businessman Sergey Domshoyev being detained on suspicion of embezzling 195 million rubles, the press service of the Main Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia of the republic reports. Domshoyev is charged with Swindling on an especially large scale, which resulted in deprivation of the right of a citizen to a dwelling (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). The stolen money was allocated for the construction of housing for orphans and children left without parental care.

In 2015, the Ministry of Construction of Buryatia planned to purchase housing to form a special housing fund for orphans. According to investigators, to steal the funds allocated for this, Domshoyev registered several acquaintances as individual entrepreneurs, and then, managing them, took part in the auction and concluded contracts for the construction of 254 residential buildings for a total value of over 195 million rubles ($2.9 m).

After that, Domshoyev’s company built houses “with a gross deviation from building standards and rules, without authoring and building control from cheap building and finishing materials.” As a result, the houses had critical defects preventing from using them.

The entrepreneur handed over the housing, built, according to the investigators, to the Ministry of Construction, “only to feign fulfilling of the state contract conditions.” Despite the obvious defects, the Ministry signed housing acceptance acts, and the full contract value was transferred to the accounts of Domshoyev and his associates.

Cases of Domshoyev and Rybalchenko were joined. The Deputy Minister of Construction was detained and placed in the detention center. The ICR informed that currently the issue of electing an official preventive measure in the form of detention in respect of the businessman and official is being considered.

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