Deputy Chief of Moscow Interior Ministry Main Directorate suspected of embezzling $17.2m took vacation
At the same time, Colonel Marina Astakhova, the Head of the legal department of the Moscow Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow, also took a vacation.
The MIA Ministry Directorate in Moscow is on the verge of a loud corruption scandal, Life reports. The Head of the logistics department, Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Moscow Alexander Petrikov, and the Head of the legal department, Marina Astakhova, came under the investigation of the Investigative Committee. They are suspected of involvement in the embezzlement of 1 billion rubles ($17.2m) in the purchase of fuel for police vehicles. On the eve the press office of the Directorate hastened to refute the information that appeared in the media.
According to Life, Major General Alexander Patrikov and Colonel Maria Astakhova have taken vacation during the check-up and most likely will not return from it, as they will submit a report on retirement.
Also the source of the edition in law enforcement bodies has told, that the Moscow Main Directorate faces chaos: for more than a week the employees of the Investigative Committee conduct searches at police officers. The occasion for check was the materials of the Control and Revision Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. The auditors, studying the documentation of the tenders concluded by the Commander-in-Chief, revealed violations of the financial and economic activities of the capital's headquarters in the procurement of goods for the provision of state needs. It was found out that the state purchases of fuel and lubricants for the needs of the Moscow police in 2015-2016 were carried out with multiple violations and the Deputy Head of the Moscow Police Directorate in Moscow, Alexander Petrikov, and Head of the legal department Marina Astakhova were responsible for it.
Managing the purchase of fuel and lubricants for the police, Alexander Petrikov could buy them at "inflated costs." Marina Astakhova could help him in a criminal scheme.
“The Main Directorate does not rule out that the subordinates of Colonel Astakhova, and perhaps the chief herself, carried out verification of contracts for fuel deliveries formally, and visas for documents were put in place so that the supervisory bodies had no claims to the executives who concluded contracts with suppliers,” the interlocutor of the newspaper notes.
The Investigative Committee has yet to find out whether Astakhova herself was formally approaching the inspections of government contracts for fuel deliveries, which were brought to the legal department by Petrikov, or the Colonel run errands of the General.
According to data from the official website of the MIA Main Directorate of Russia in Moscow, Major General of Internal Service Alexander Petrikov occupied leading positions in the rear and economic divisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the capital since 2010, when he was appointed Head of the Transport Support Center of the Moscow police.
Since January 2013, he was the Head of the Main Center for Economic, Transport and Service Support of the MIA of Russia in Moscow, and on December 31, 2014, by presidential decree, Colonel of Internal Service Alexander Petrikov was appointed Deputy Chief of the MIA MD of Russia in Moscow - Chief of Logistics. The rank of Major-General of Internal Service Alexander Petrikov was awarded in July 2016.