Criminal case against Russian Post management: Multimillion premiums

Criminal case against Russian Post management: Multimillion premiums
Dmitry Strashnov

However, it is not Strashnov who is suspected of abuse of official powers, but his subordinate – the head of one of the departments of the Administration.⁠

The Investigative Committee initiated criminal proceedings based on materials of the prosecutor's audits that revealed illegal wage bonuses for the leadership of Russian Post. Director of the department for organizational development Irina Lapteva is suspected of Exceeding Official Powers (part 1 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code), Kommersant reports.

The investigation believes that Lapteva is responsible for accruing a salary of 46 million rubles ($778 thousand) between 2014 and 2015 and salary bonuses worth over 82 million rubles ($1.3m) for 2014 to Dmitry Strashnov, the Head of Russian Post.

Earlier, the General Directorate for Supervision over the Execution of the Federal Legislation of the Supervisory Department revealed that on the basis of performance in 2014 Strashnov received a premium of 95.4 million rubles ($1.6m). This way work of the Head of the postal service was estimated, the net profit of which amounted to 1.2 billion rubles ($20.3m). However as the audit disclosed, this amount was formed only because the enterprise received 5.4 billion rubles ($91m) from the budget in the reporting year. According to many performance indicators Russian Post has not reached the targets planned. The real premium of Strashnov should not have exceeded 3.2 million rubles ($54 thousand).

Therefore, the Prosecutor General's Office demands to bring a criminal case against Strashnov under Abuse of Authority article (Art. 201 of the Criminal Code), and under Neglect of Duty article (Art. 293 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) – against two heads of departments of the Ministry of Communications. Nevertheless, investigator for especially important cases of the Main Investigative Directorate Andrey Gilev believed that it is the person responsible for the formation of the salary who should be punished.

Yet, as the publication suggests, the status of Strashnov can still change. Now, it depends on Lapteva's testimony as well as on financial expertise, which is to be carried out within the framework of the investigation.

In addition, the Investigative Committee received materials on another episode of premiums, which Strashnov himself appointed to his deputies. According to the results of work in 2014 and 2015, they received 270 million rubles ($4.5m), which, according to the prosecutor's office, already indicates the offense under the same 201st article (Abuse of Authority).

The supervisory department also checks the legality of the purchase of two Tu-204 planes by the enterprise for transporting parcels to the Far East, Siberia and Eastern Asia.

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