Criminal case initiated against Gaizer's predecessor on post of Komi Head
Vladimir Torlopov, the Chairman of the State Council of the Komi Republic in 1995-2001 and the Head of the Republic from 2002 to 2010, became involved in the case.
The case under Article 210 of the Criminal Code (Organization of a Criminal Community and Participation in it) was opened against the former Senator of the Komi Government, the ex-Head of the region Vladimir Torlopov.
On October 6 at the request of the ICR the Moscow court elects a preventive measure to the former Head of Komi.
According to TASS, the investigation will not insist on the placement Torlopov in custody, confining on the house arrest. It is already known that the criminal case against Torlopov is directly related to the case of Vyacheslav Gaizer's OCG.
Vladimir Torlopov served as the Head of the Komi Republic for two consecutive terms and was the direct predecessor of Vyacheslav Gaizer, who was arrested on charges of swindling, bribe-taking, organizing a criminal group and money laundering. However, his deputy, Alexei Chernov, the Speaker of the State Council of the republic Igor Kovzel, the Deputy Prime Minister Konstantin Romadanov, the former Senator of Komi Evgeny Samoylov and several other officials and businessmen are under investigation together with Gaizer.
With Gaizer’s case it is directly related instituted in mid-September case of giving multimillion-dollar bribes by top managers of Renova, defendants in which are the former Head of VimpelCom Mikhail Slobodin, the Managing Director of Renova Evgeny Olkhovik and the Head of the company T-Plus Boris Vainzikher.
As noted by TASS, the investigation initially named 19 people as defendants in the Gaizer’s case, but only 15 have been arrested, one was left under house arrest and three were not named. Meanwhile, sources in law enforcement bodies of Komi called Vladimir Torlopov one of these three.
Recently, the FSB officers visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg. The operatives of the Department M came to the police officers accompanied by the investigator and the search warrant. They were looking for evidence on the fact of falsification of a criminal case. However, a similar situation for the Primorsky Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is more likely to be a regular show: the staff of the administration and its superiors have appeared in high-profile criminal cases as defendants far too often.