Chebarkul Vice-Mayor becomes suspect in criminal case after being dismissed for false declaration

Chebarkul Vice-Mayor becomes suspect in criminal case after being dismissed for false declaration
Oleg Solovyev

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.

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