Deputy Head of Ministry of Agriculture caught on bribery in Astrakhan
In the Astrakhan region, the Deputy Minister of agriculture and fishing industry has been arrested when receiving a bribe.
A criminal case under part 2 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale) has been initiated against the official.
According to the regional ICR, a businessman turned to the Deputy Head of the Ministry of agriculture and fishing industry of the Astrakhan region in July of this year, asking him to assist in solving the issue regarding the formation of fish-breading commercial areas. The official demanded 50 thousand rubles for his service. He received the money on August 19 while in his office.
Two days later, on September 21, the corrupt official was detained by officers of the MIA Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption for the Astrakhan region. During a search conducted in the Deputy Minister's apartment, the police found more than 1.6 million rubles and foreign currency. Law enforcement officers are currently establishing the origin of money and selecting a preventive measure against the criminal. Investigation into the criminal case continues.
Activists of Transparency International Russia believe that the ban on the importation of meat from Belarus is dictated by the interests of domestic suppliers of beef. One of the potential beneficiaries is a company, which board of directors includes the daughter of Sergey Dankvert.
Founder of Information Exchange and member of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group identified by FSB charged in absentia
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