Ex-Transbaikalia Governor Konstantin Ilkovsky interrogated in Moscow
Former Head of the Transbaikal region Konstantin Ilkovsky has been questioned in the capital as a witness in the criminal case against the region’s former Minister of Finance Andrey Kefer.
As reported by Ekho Moskvy, questioning in the case of delays in paying salaries to state employees in 2015, the suspect in which is Andrey Kefer, had lasted for several hours. According to Chita media, the interrogation was held on December 15, but the news about it spread only recently.
According to Chita.ru, Konstantin Ilkovsky was in the same office with the former leaders of the Unitary Customer Service of the Transbaikal region Gennady Litvintsev and Konstantin Vyzhlov in Moscow, when they were detained December 14 on suspicion of taking bribes. However, law enforcers posed him no questions. As the CrimeRussia previously reported, after the arrests of officials from Konstantin Ilkovsky’s team, people in Chita started talking about possible detention of the former governor himself, but the information was not confirmed.
Nevertheless, it was decided to question the region’s ex-head Ilkovsky as a witness in the case of Andrey Kefer. As noted by Zabaikalsky rabochy, earlier the investigation had been unable to find the governor.
Meanwhile, the press service of the Transbaikalia Investigative Committee noted that it has no information on the interrogation of the region’s ex-head in the regional IC department.
The criminal proceedings against Minister of Finance of Transbaikalia Andrey Kefer in the case of delays in paying salaries to employees of budgetary enterprises was initiated in July 2016, after which Acting Governor of the region Natalya Zhdanova released him from his duties. However, as early as November, Kefer led the the Committee of Finance in the administration of Chita.
The defendants in another high-profile case against Transbaikalia officials from Konstantin Ilkovsky’s team, namely Director of the Unitary Customer Service Gennady Litvintsev, his deputy Maksim Mayorov, and Chief Engineer Konstantin Vyzhlov were detained on December 15 on suspicion of taking bribes on an especially large scale. Subsequently, they were arrested for two months by the court.
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?