Dagestan FCMIF head detained by FSB officers at Makhachkala airport 

Dagestan FCMIF head detained by FSB officers at Makhachkala airport
Detention of Magomed Suleymanov

Magomed Suleymanov is suspected of fraud of more than 210 million rubles ($3 mln) and the organization of a criminal community.

Head of the territorial fund of compulsory medical insurance (FCMIF) of Dagestan Magomed Suleymanov was detained on suspicion of fraud of 210 million rubles ($3 mln) and the creation of a criminal community. This was reported by the ICR.

According to Interfax's source in law enforcement agencies, Suleymanov was detained the night before, on August 17. Mash notes that the detainment was carried out by the FSB together with the investigators of the ICR. According to the news portal Chernovik, the head of the regional branch of the FCMIF waited for a flight in the VIP-hall of Makhachkala airport. According to some reports, Magomed Suleymanov came under the supervision of law enforcement agencies more than a month ago, and at some point actually planned to hide in order to prevent the actions of the siloviki against him.

The ICR noted that a criminal case against Magomed Suleymanov was instituted under Part 3 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of Russia (the creation of a criminal community using the official position) and Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of Russia (fraud in a particularly large amount). The question of choosing a penalty measure to the official is being decided.

According to the investigation, in the period from 2010 to the present time, “having a vested interest and acting with the aim of obtaining material benefits, Magomed Suleymanov created a criminal community.”

Using counterfeit documents that are provided by medical institutions, the Compulsory Pension Insurance program participants transferred the fund's money for allegedly provided medical services. In addition, the affiliated insurance companies and the Foundation were given knowingly false information about more than 600 people who actually died or left for the countries of the Middle East, who allegedly received help in Dagestani medical institutions, the press service of the ICR said.

As noted by Delovoy Petersburg, Magomed Suleymanov served as chairman of the People's Assembly of Dagestan from April 2007 to March 2010, from March 2010 was the executive director of thе compulsory medical insurance fund Dagestan. In April 2014, he was appointed ad interim the mayor of Makhachkala. In July 2015, Suleymanov became director of the territorial Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund in Dagestan. A month ago it was reported that Suleymanov had left Russia, but he personally told the media through the press service of the territorial FCMIF that he was on a sick leave, and then he went back to work two weeks ago.

Recall that a large-scale anti-corruption ‘purge’ has been taking place in Dagestan since January 2018. It began with the arrests of Mayor of Makhachkala Musa Musayev and Chief Architect of the Dagestani capital Magomedrasul Gitinov. On February 5, FSB operatives who arrived from Moscow after a series of searches detained ad interim Prime Minister Abdusamad Hamidov, Acting Vice PM Shamil Isayev, and Rayudin Yusufov, as well as former Education Minister Shahabas Shahov. On the same day, Acting Head of Dagestan, Vladimir Vasilyev, sent the entire government of the republic to resign by his decree, urging the ministers to continue their work before the transfer of cases to successors. In February, the interdepartmental commission of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation and the Military Control Commission, the commission of the central apparatus of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as sent to the Republic staff of the central apparatus of the FSB worked in the republic for more than two weeks. During the purge, the paratroopers of the Prosecutor General's Office and the ICR inspected 19 ministries, various departments of the republic and five municipalities.

As of February 13, 2017, there were about 2.5 thousand violations of the law, more than 70 criminal and 433 administrative cases were filed. For several months, the fight against corruption in Dagestan continued in the background, and on July 19, the interim head of Dagestan, Vladimir Vasilyev, announced to media representatives the second stage of the purge.

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