Buryatia Deputy Minister of Natural Resources detained
The official is suspected of committing embezzlement of budget funds on an especially large scale.
In Ulan-Ude law enforcement agencies with the involvement of the FSB detained First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources of Buryatia Alexander Lbov. The detention took place on the eve, March 13, but it became known only today. A search was conducted in the office of the official. At the same time, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Buryatia refrains from commenting at the moment. The Deputy Minister's secretary tells that he is at the meeting and is absent at the workplace, Arig Us reports. According to sources of the edition, Alexandra Lbov is suspected of committing embezzlement of budget funds on an especially large scale.
He has been in office since 2008. Earlier, he took an active part in the development of the Federal Target Program "Protection of Lake Baikal and the socio-economic development of the Baikal Territory for 2012-2020" (FTP). According to local publications, the misuse of FTP funds could be the basis of the criminal case. In particular, we can talk about the work to eliminate the oil pollution of the Selenga River in the area of the Steklozavod in Ulan-Ude, which flows into Lake Baikal.
The project "Development and implementation of measures to eliminate the pollution of the geological environment by oil products at the Ulan-Ude oil depot LLC Buryat-Terminal” was developed in 2005. Oil slicks seeped together with groundwater from underground ‘lake’ formed as a result of operation of industrial enterprises of the region: oil depot LLC Buryat-Terminal, military fuel warehouse, OJSC Ulan-Ude glass factory, OJSC Electromashina, JSC Russian Railways etc. At the same time, the effectiveness of the program, on which it was allocated more than 170 million rubles ($2.8m), was regularly criticized.
Corruption is overwhelming in the Republic of Bashkortostan. It infiltrates all branches of power. The recent arrests in the Bashkir Prosecutor’s Office clearly show that justice can be bought and sold there, while the verdict of Themis depends only on the purse size. All powerful officials and businessmen in the republic know how much it costs to institute or dismiss a case. After the replacement of the regional head, the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation has found out that not only the supreme authorities of the Republican Prosecutor’s Office are involved in the corruption scheme – but judges and high-ranked police commanders as well. What officials have sullied their reputation with bribe-taking and are going to fall victims to yet another sweeping purge? What are millions of rubles paid for? What is the true scale of corruption in the region – champion among national republics by that parameter?