Deputy Head of Property Management Agency arrested on suspicion of $2.5m-embezzlement

Deputy Head of Property Management Agency arrested on suspicion of $2.5m-embezzlement
Elena Patkina

Elena Patkina has supervised the issues of land relations throughout Russia.

The Tverskoy court in Moscow arrested the Deputy Head of the Federal Property Management Agency, Elena Patkina. The official is suspected of embezzling of at least 150 million rubles ($2.5m).

50-year-old Patkina was detained in Moscow by law enforcement officers on December 10 at the Kazan railway station. Patkina suddenly took a sick leave after returning from Tatarstan. On the same day, officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Federal Security Service conducted extensive searches at 15 addresses, including the office of the Federal Property Management Agency on Nikolsky Lane.

According to the investigation, officers of the Federal Property Management Agency (Rosimushchestvo) and entrepreneur Andrey Yuzhakov established a criminal scheme for the withdrawal and cashing of funds. It is known that through the company Yuzhakov withdrew funds of Rosimushchestvo, which came to the agency from companies that participated in the auction. As part of the case, former accountants of the regional department Natalya Nugayeva and Marina Chicherina were detained. In total, more than 150 million rubles were withdrawn. The corrupt scheme was exposed after the detention of Andrey Yuzhakov.

Patkina herself is from Tatarstan. There she graduated from the university and from 2004 to 2013 she headed the department of the Federal Property Management Agency in the Republic of Tatarstan. Her name has repeatedly been associated with numerous violations in the privatization of state real estate, which in some strange way literally for pennies went to third parties. This did not prevent Patkina from moving to Moscow in 2013 and head the territorial department in the Moscow region. She was appointed the Deputy Head of the Federal Property Management Agency on June 1, 2017.

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