Former Khakassia administration Head Byzov targeted with creating criminal group

Former Khakassia administration Head Byzov targeted with creating criminal group
Vladimir Byzov and Viktor Zimin

The criminal community consisted of three units, headed by the closest associate of the Head of Khakassia.

The Investigation Committee announced a new criminal case against former Head of the administration of the Head of Khakassia Vladimir Byzov and his alleged accomplices. He is suspected of committing a crime under part 3 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code – Creation of a Criminal Community committed by a person through his official position. Other defendants are accused under part 2 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code – Participation in a Criminal Community.

The investigation found out that the swindling of which Byzov, three officials of a lower rank and directors of affiliated firms were initially suspected, had an unchanging clear structure. The criminal community, established in 2015 to commit embezzlement on especially large amounts of budgetary and extrabudgetary funds allocated for medical goods, consisted of three units.

The first unit featured Byzov's secretary Ekaterina Kovalyova and territorial manager for the Republic of Khakassia of R-PHARM JSC Alexander Giter.

Byzov himself was in charge of organizational and managerial functions in the first unit and the whole community. His role was to coordinate the activities of the whole community, accumulate money, and develop security and conspiracy measures. For this he required other participants to occasionally change phones and SIM cards, use conspiracy when discussing details on Viber or WhatsApp, forbade demonstrating expensive property and so on.

Giter coordinated the criminal activities of two other structural units in organization and conduct of state procurements, sought representatives of commercial organizations to participate in procurements, worked with officials of the procurement organization center to set the initial (maximum) price of the contract at auctions, as well as to organize the victory of the controlled organizations, got money from them in the form of a payoff, which then passed on to Byzov, or left for himself. Kovalyova arranged communication and meetings between Byzov and Giter, as well as kept records and kept money received as a bribe.

The second unit included the Heads and employees of the Khakassia Main Monitoring Directorate Interdepartmental Center for Procurement Arokin, Meluzova, Kazachenko and Pushnov. They prepared auction documentation, adding information in it in favor of the commercial organizations controlled by Byzov and Giter, and ensured the victory in electronic auctions on the purchase of medical goods.

Participants of the third unit were directors and founders of the controlled companies Kozar, Lashkov, Rukosuev, who provided documents to the participants of the second unit for the preparation of auction documentation. In addition, they transferred payoffs to Giter in the amount of from 10 to 20% of the price of the concluded state contract.

In total, from December 1, 2015 to December 27, 2016, the members of the criminal community committed embezzlement of cash in the amount of over 195 million rubles ($3.4m).

Moreover, the community members received a bribe of over 79 million rubles at different times (including a Mazda 6 car costing more than 1.6 million rubles ($28.2 thousand) as part of a bribe in a particularly large amount for a total sum of more than 146 million rubles ($2.5m), which they intended to receive from the victory in electronic auctions.

Earlier, investigative bodies have opened a case on swindling on a particularly large scale in the procurement of medical equipment and medicines, several criminal cases were also instituted on certain cases of bribe-taking.

Vladimir Byzov was called the right hand of Head of Khakassia Viktor Zimin. Since 1989, he served in the KGB, then in the FSB of the Russian Federation in various regions of Russia, from the North Caucasus to the Far North. During his work in the special services he oversaw anti-corruption activities. In September 2011 he was appointed Deputy Head of the administration of the Head of the Republic of Khakassia. In April 2014 he headed this department.

After Byzov was sued on swindling, there began talks in Khakassia about the possible abdication of Zimin. However, in early May the Head of the republic dismissed the entire government, without making any exception. This way, as The CrimeRussia has reported, Zimin attempted to distance himself from new corruption scandals in his team.

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