Former Head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin denied bribery accusations

Former Head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin denied bribery accusations

In an interview to Slon magazine, the ex-Chief of the Russian Railways OJSC Vladimir Yakunin flatly denied the accusations presented against him by Aleksey Navalniy's Anti-Corruption Foundation.

During the interview to Slon magazine, the former Head of the Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin flatly denied the accusations presented against him by Aleksey Navalniy's Anti-Corruption Foundation.

Earlier, the FBK released information on the corrupt practices of the former Head of the Russian Railways and accused him of establishing a network of offshore structures.

When answering a question about his family's involvement in Infratekh company, which had repeatedly won the Russian Railways contracts, Yakunin stated that the FBK's information might be not accurate, since under the legislation, the participants of state company tenders must disclose their beneficiaries on a mandatory basis.

With regard to the audit of his son Andrey Yakunin's business, held by the Investigative Committee at the request of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, the former Head of Russian Railways said that he did not know the details, underlining that his son was not a Russian tax resident.

The conversation also turned to his friend’s son Aleksey Krapivin, frequently winning the Russian Railways' tenders. Yakunin said that Krapivin legitimately won the contests held by the company, stating that "anyone can win a tender, provided his company corresponds with the conditions."

In addition, during the interview Vladimir Yakunin spoke sarcastically about the "self-proclaimed fighters against corruption" without naming names, stating that he "knows too much about them."    

Let us recall that two weeks ago, the Ministry of Internal Affairs referred the materials of inspection in respect of Yakunin to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. Earlier in February 2016, the Anti-Corruption Foundation sent to the authorities more than eighty claims against the former head of the Russian Railways, accusing him of the anti-monopoly and anti-corruption legislation violation. In particular, the FBK was interested in the episodes regarding contracts for the supply of geogrids and sale of electronic tickets for Russian Railways trains by a company, owned by Andrey Yakunin.

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