Dalnegorsk officials made 22 mln rubles on social housing
District Head Igor Sahuta is among the suspects.
Details have become known about searches and seizure of documents in the Dalnegorsky City District Administration. Contrary to the media reports, investigative actions have not led to actual detentions. However, it has become known that searches had been held as part of a criminal investigation into Abuse of Official Powers (part 3 of Art. 285 of the Russian Criminal Code).
ICR investigators in the Primorsky region have reported that a criminal case had been opened against an "official" from the Administration. According to the authority, in late 2015 the official, whose name has not been revealed, commissioned an electronic auction for the purchase of apartments involved in the campaign for resettlement of citizens from emergency housing. Knowing the average market price of 1 sq. m. in Dalnegorsk, the administration employee issued orders on acquisition of 34 apartments at inflated prices. After that, the suspect ensured acceptance and payment in the amount established by the contract.
“As a result, the Fund for Housing and Communal Economy Reforming, the Primorsky region’s budget, and the Dalnegorsk city district’s budget suffered material damage in the amount of at least 22 million rubles,” the Investigative Committee reports.
It is possible that a number of administration employees will be prosecuted. Currently, investigators are identifying the persons involved in the official crime. According to regional media, suspicions are directed towards District Head Igor Sahuta. Sources have reported that the Head has already been detained by the FSB, but his assistant and he himself deny the detention. Senior Assistant Head of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Primorye region Avrora Rimskaya also denies this information, saying “there are no detainees in this case yet.”
Vyacheslav Abroskin believes that the influence of criminal leaders extends from control over the collection of money obtained by criminal means to control in the field of energy and natural resources extraction.