Former chief legal officer of St. Petersburg government suspected of embezzling nearly $ 226,000
The court placed the ex-chairman of the Smolny’s legal committee under house arrest.
The Kuibyshevsky District Court of St. Petersburg placed Yulia Osipova, the former chairman of the city government’s legal committee, under house arrest until December 22, 2018. The investigation suspected her of embezzling 14.6 million rubles ($ 220,000). Osipova pleaded innocent, Moika 78 reported.
According to the investigators, the committee which Osipova until recently had headed, concluded a contract for the provision of comprehensive legal services with the company called Akkanto, but no services were actually provided.
According to Fontanka, Osipova was detained on the morning of November 9 on suspicion of fraud on a large scale (part 4 of Article 159 CCRF). In early October 2018, the security forces searched the legal committee’s offices; a week and a half later, Osipova and her deputy Irina Zolotovskaya were fired.
Osipova has headed the Smolny’s Legal Committee from June 2017; before that she was the deputy head of the Committee.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.