Former Vice-Mayor of Chebarkul arrested
The ex-official helped businessmen to get municipal contracts for bribes.
The Chebarkulsky Court placed former Deputy Mayor of the city Oleg Soloviev, accused of bribery, in custody for two months.
Soloviev was interrogated in the pre-trial detention center by the investigator, explaining this by saying that the accused could hide.
According to investigators, the official got a bribe in the form of property-related services from a local entrepreneur, who gave an apartment to the Vice-Mayor for living free of charge in 2016. The estimated cost of the service is over 100 thousand rubles ($1.800). Oleg Soloviev rewarded the businessman for the accommodation helping him obtain municipal contracts for city development. Besides, director of Chebarkulgorvodokanal LLC Yevgeny Borodin paid a fine of 15 thousand rubles for the official that he got for violation of financial discipline. In return, the Vice-Mayor helped the organization to sign a contract with the administration without a tender.
A criminal case was opened against Soloviev under part 2 and part 3 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking), as well as under part1 of Art. 285 (Abuse of Official Powers).
We should remind that Oleg Soloviev was dismissed from the post of Vice-Mayor in October 2016 at the request of the Prosecutor's Office after he submitted a false income declaration for 2015, partially concealing his income and that of his spouse. After the dismissal, Chebarkul Administration was searched and documents from Soloviev’s office were seized.
According to the investigation, having taken a five-billion loan ($88.7m) from Sberbank in 2008, the owner of Pavlovskgranit deliberately split up the assets of the company so that creditors could not bring a charge against him to court.