Collection of weapons, watches, and awards seized from the house of ex-Serpukhov District Head Shestun
Former Head of the Serpukhov district, Aleksandr Shestun, in whose possession the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation had previously found 676 items of property in the Serpukhov district, turns out to be an avid collector.
According to the Sledak Shepnul Telegram channel, an impressive collection of firearms and cold arms, state awards and watches were withdrawn from the house of the arrested on charges of fraud Aleksandr Shestun. After assessing the value of the seized, arrest will be imposed on everything, the channel reports.
A few days earlier, the Prosecutor General’s Office filed a lawsuit against the former head of the Serpukhov district of the Moscow region and another 35 defendants (15 individuals and 20 legal entities) for turning their property into state revenue, because no evidence of the legality of its acquisition was presented.
According to Official Representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office Alexander Kurennoy, the defendants in the lawsuit will be the wife of Aleksandr Shestun, her parents, his mother, and a close circle of relatives and friends in whose name the property was registered.
Earlier it was reported that 676 items of property in the Serpukhov district were found in possession of the accused of fraud Shestun, including 565 land plots registered on companies under his control and their nominal directors.
As a result of the audit, it also became known that the former head of the district owns two recreation centers worth 274 million rubles ($4.1 mln) and 22 cars with a total value of about 27 million rubles ($408 thsd). The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation estimated all property found at Shestun at 10 billion rubles ($151 mln). At the same time, as the ICR reported, the investigating authorities have evidence of Shestun and his accomplices's possession of land worth only 2.2 billion rubles ($33 mln).
On June 4, the Basmanny Court arrested Aleksandr Shestun for two months on charges of abuse of authority. Later, the investigation clarified the qualifications of his actions. He is currently charged with particularly large-scale fraud (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), laundering money received from the commission of a crime (part 4 of Art. 174.1) and illegal business activities (Art. 289).
Before his arrest, the official recorded a video message to President Putin, in which he declared threats of initiation of criminal cases by high-ranking officials and security officials because of the refusal to leave the post of head of the district.
Several new criminal cases against corrupt officials have been instituted in Dagestan. The high-ranked suspects include Abdulmedzhid Suleimanov, ex-Mayor of Izberbash; Amir Magomedov, ex-Head of the Izberbash Administration; Magomed Dzhelilov, Head of the Derbent District; and El’dar Karagishiev, Head of the Babayurt District. In the past, all of them were suspected of similar crimes – but somehow managed to get off the hook. The new arrests occur amid the anti-corruption campaign in the republican law enforcement structures. What are the true reasons behind the new wave of the personnel purge? Can the anti-corruption slogans conceal a fierce battle waged by local clans for redistribution of assets with the purpose to create a new ‘untouchable’ elite in Dagestan?