Former Ingush Economy Minister suspected of power abuse

Former Ingush Economy Minister suspected of power abuse

According to the investigation, the criminal wrongdoing of the official caused 27 million rubles’ worth of damage to the republic.

On February 20, the Investigative Committee of Russia reported that the former Minister of Economic Development for the Republic of Ingushetia was suspected of exceeding official authority when leasing meat and dairy complex.

According to the investigation, the ministry the official headed in 2015 entered into a lease agreement with LLC Moloko Ingushetii (“Ingush Milk”) to rent out a land plot to be used as an agricultural facility for 49 years. Also, a five-year lease agreement for a meat and dairy complex with 800 cattle was signed.

The total annual rent was about 14 million rubles ($247.220). However, the company had to pay just 5% of the amount, since the former minister had illegally issued a certificate that proved the organization is engaged in investment activities. Such enterprises enjoy some benefits in Ingushetia, for instance they are 95% exempt from paying rent for land.

The material damage the republic suffered from the acts of the former minister is estimated at 27 million rubles ($476.700). A criminal case has already been instituted against him under part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("Commission by an official of actions which transcend the limits of his powers and which involve a substantial violation of the rights and lawful interests of individuals or organisations").

At the moment, investigators are taking operational and search measures to establish all the circumstances of the alleged crime.

The name of the official is not disclosed, but we know that in 2015 the post of Minister of Economic Development of Ingushetia was occupied by Beksultan Buzurtanov, who was appointed on January 22, 2015.

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