FSB detains head of Smolensk Region transport department
Earlier in the region, the former head of the department of agriculture was arrested.
Officers of the FSB Directorate for the Smolensk Region detained Vladimir Shukalov, head of the Department for Transport and Road Facilities, in the case of abuse of official powers (para. 1 of Article 285 CCRF), TASS reported, citing a source in the security forces. The special services refused official comments; the regional ICR’s Directorate assured that they did not know anything about the arrest.
According to the Smolenskaya narodnaya gazeta, Shukalov was on sick leave at the time of his arrest. At the end of March, the publication reported the arrest of Tatiana Rybchenko, the former head of the Smolensk Region Agriculture and Foodstuffs Department. The arrest is allegedly related to the embezzlement of more than 20 million rubles ($ 307,000) of budget money by the CEO of Kasplya LLC, Aziz Guseinov.
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.