Former head of Ivanovo Region taken into custody in case of embezzlement
The FSB detained the former official before leaving for Italy.
Moscow’s Basmanny court took the former governor of the Ivanovo Region, Pavel Konkov, into custody until July 30. Konkov is accused of embezzling about 700 million rubles ($ 10,7 million) allocated to the Ivanovo Broiler JSC under the state program for small businesses. Managing director Dmitry Grishin was also sent to a pre-trial detention center.
According to the investigation, Konkov and Grishin conspired and transferred the budget money to accounts of a company included in the Prodo group, which contributed to the bankruptcy of Ivanovo Broiler. The company received a grant in 2011, when the governor was a current auditor of the Audit Chamber, Mikhail Men. According to the investigation, all the documents on the allocation of money for Ivanovo Broiler were signed by Konkov, who was at that time Men’s first deputy.
The ex-official was detained in the evening of May 31. On June 2, Konkov and his wife were going to fly to Italy for a holiday and return on June 11, follows from the report of the FSB announced in court. The investigation requested an arrest, fearing the suspect can escape.
In 2018, the official became a founder of a fund that deals with shooting and entrapment of wild animals in a hunting sector he supervises. With that, the official did not report about it to his senior executives.