Court to consider case against ex-Head of village near Sverdlovsk who distributed land among relatives and colleagues
Actions by the official responsible for budget in the Sysert District of the Sverdlovsk region resulted in a damage of 17 million rubles.
The Investigative Committee of Russia in the Sverdlovsk region has filed the criminal case against Konstantin Surin, the first Deputy Head of Sysert District, who had previously served as the Head of Kashino village administration. He is accused of committing 10 criminal incidents under Article Exceeding Official Powers (part 1 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code).
According to investigators, 34-year-old Surin between January and September 2013, serving as the Head of the Kashino village administration, "was documenting false statements out of rural household register." In the documents the official indicated that his father, friends and colleagues owned plots of land, which was untrue. On the basis of the false statements, the fictitious owners officially privatized the land plots located in the Sysert District. The district’s estimated loss has been 17 million rubles.
The land fraud was uncovered by the Sverdlovsk Federal Security Service in 2015. In January 2016 the court dismissed Konstantin Surin from the post of the first Deputy Head of the Sysert District on a request by the investigation. During the investigation the accused will remain under house arrest.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.