Deputy head of Krasnodar Region’s Ministry of Agriculture comes under investigation
The official, together with subordinates, was suspected of corruption.
Investigating bodies initiated a criminal case on bribe-taking using official position on an especially large scale and mediating bribery (para. 6 of Article 290, para. 4 of Article 291.1 CCRF) against the deputy minister of Agriculture of the Krasnodar Region and the head of the Ministry’s Small Business Development Department. The regional economic police operatives detained the suspects after they received four million rubles ($ 60.000) from a businesswoman.
In February 2019, a chairman of an agricultural consumer cooperative appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture with a desire to receive a grant for the development of his complex. According to the investigation, the head of the Ministry’s Development Management Department agreed to help for four million rubles being transferred to the deputy head of the Ministry – the chairman of the competition commission.
The businesswoman contacted the police and on April 30, under the investigators’ control, transferred the money to the official, who brought them to his superior the same evening. After that, both were detained. According to the Interfax-Yug news agency, the defendants in the criminal case are deputy minister Kim Tertits and the head of the Ministry’s department, Alexander Piunov, whose photographs were published by the ICR.