Chebarkul Vice-Mayor becomes suspect in criminal case after being dismissed for false declaration
The ex-official is suspected of bribery.
Former Deputy Mayor of Chebarkul Oleg Solovyev has been detained on suspicion of taking a bribe.
According to investigators, the official got a bribe in the form of property-related services from a local entrepreneur, who gave an apartment to the vice-mayor for living free of charge in 2016. The estimated cost of the service is over 100 thousand rubles ($1.800). Oleg Solovyev rewarded the businessman for the accommodation helping him obtain municipal contracts for city development. Besides, director of Chebarkulgorvodokanal LLC Yevgeny Borodin paid a fine of 15 thousand rubles for the official that he got for violation of financial discipline. In return, the vice-mayor helped the organization to sign a contract with the administration without a tender.
The crimes were identified jointly by the local department of the Russian FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Chelyabinsk region.
A criminal case was opened against Solovyev under part 2 and part 3 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking), as well as under part 1 of Art. 285 (Abuse of Official Powers). The ex-official has been detained, the Investigative Committee filed the lawsuit with a motion to incarcerate the accused.
We should remind that Oleg Soloviev was dismissed from the post of vice-mayor in October 2016 at the request of the Prosecutor's Office after he submitted a false income declaration for 2015, partially concealing his income and that of his spouse. After the dismissal, Chebarkul Administration was searched and documents from Solovyev’s office were seized.
The billionaire colonel who held the post of head of the regional Economic Security Department, and then Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department for more than 12 years, kept his 1 billion ($15.2 mln) in bank accounts.