Chistopol city manager arrested for bribery in Tatarstan
The transfer of Alexander Zaikonnikov's case to the central office of the ICR is being reported, although the security department has not officially confirmed the information about the detention of the official.
Employees of the regional departments of the FSB and the Investigative Committee detained the head of the Chistopol Executive Committee Alexander Zaikonnikov on suspicion of bribery. Several Tatarstan mass media report about this at once, with reference to their own sources in law enforcement agencies.
At the same time, the Investigation Department of the ICR in the Republic of Tatarstan does not yet confirm or deny information about the criminal prosecution of the official. The administration of Chistopol keeps silent as well.
The Realnoye Vremya newspaper, citing its sources, clarifies that the criminal case has already been transferred to the central office of the ICR. According to the newspaper, it is about the 45-year-old head of the executive committee of Chistopol receiving a bribe on a large scale. What amount is involved in the Zaikonnikov case is not reported yet.
Alexander G. Zaikonnikov is a graduate of Kazan State University with a degree in Jurisprudence and the Chistopol branch of Kazan Federal University with a degree in Economics.
Before taking office in September 2017 as the head of the city executive committee, for which Zaikonnikov was approved by the city council deputies by a majority vote, he worked for some time as deputy head of the city executive committee, and before that as the head of the Zakamsk zone of the Republic of Tatarstan's department for wildlife management.
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