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.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).