FSB pitied Transport Minister of Perm Region suspected of corruption
Almaz Zakiev has been put under house arrest. The decision was made due to the fact that the official had a serious illness, media said.
Almaz Zakiev, the Head of the Ministry of Transport in Perm Region, who is suspected of lobbying the interests of a commercial company, has not been imprisoned after all. According to Vkurse.ru, the FSB Regional Directorate had mercy on the Minister and chose not to imprison the official since he had a serious disease. Instead, the investigators put Almaz Zakiev under a house arrest. Meanwhile, the Uralinformburo reported that the suspect showed up at work today. The investigation is going to request Zakiev’s resignation in court.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, there were searches and seizure of documents at the Minister’s place the day before. Almaz Zakiev is suspected of Abuse of Official Powers (part 2 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, the official lobbied the interests of a commercial organization. In particular, he helped the company win the tender for the construction of a road around the city of Chusovoy. Regional media believes the company was Tyumen’s Mostostroy-12. Earlier, the Federal Antimonopoly Service had accused the organization as well as Urengoydorstroy Company of violating the Competition Law. Mostostroy-12 was even fined 11.7 million rubles. Meanwhile, the Regional Government had intended to invest 2.4 billion rubles into the road construction.
Almaz Zakiev has become the third Perm Minister under investigation for the past six months. In early October, the Minister of Sport Pavel Lyakh was arrested on suspicion of embezzling 13 million rubles allocated for reconstruction of Dynamo stadium. He has been removed from office and put under house arrest. In June, the Minister of Communications Evgeny Baluev was also detained. He is suspected of embezzling 31 million rubles allocated for the development of multifunctional centers (MFCs). However, Baluev has already retired and is now in jail.
The businessman stated that he had given the money to the Head of the Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Internal Security of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) for "advancing the case" on the watch stolen from him by ICR officers.