Evgeny Olkhovik convicted in Renova case may be released soon

Evgeny Olkhovik convicted in Renova case may be released soon
Evgeny Olkhovik

The court is to decide whether the persons accused of bribing Komi Republic former officials should get longer terms, on February 11.

The detention period of the men convicted in high-profile case against Renova top managers, who bribed Komi officials will be over one of these days. On February 11 the court will decide whether to extend the detention period for Renova co-owner Evgeny Olkhovik and T Plus president Boris Vainzikher.

According to Znak.com with reference to an informed source, Olkhovik could get a more lenient sentence after all: the judge could release him from custody.

However, the investigation has already announced they are willing to insist on the extension.

As the CrimeRussia wrote before, in early September 2016 Renova and T Plus offices were searched. Boris Vainzikher and Evgeny Olkhovik were detained. Besides, VimpelCom ex-CEO Mikhail Slobodin was arrested in absentia: he had headed T Plus between 2003 and 2010. The defendants are accused of bribing the former Komi government officials with 800 million rubles between 2007 and 2014. They would give the bribes in return for favorable tariffs for electricity and heat, as well as for good business climate, investigators believe.

Furthermore, former Komi Head Vyacheslav Gaizer is a witness in the Renova case being accused in another case related to corruption and gang creation.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Renova Board Chairman Viktor Vekselberg with the Decoration "For Beneficence" a few days ago. Apparently, neither the investigation nor the authorities take any issue with the oligarch and his involvement in the corruption-related case.

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