FSB ransacked former Mayor of Chelyabinsk
Ex-Head of the city administration Sergey Davydov is suspected of fraud with budget funds on an especially large scale.
Investigators of the FSB opened a criminal case under part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Swindling on an especially large scale), Interfax reports with reference to the press service of the regional FSB department. The basis for this was the results of the Chelyabinsk region's Control and Accounting Chamber audit, the investigation of the expert-criminal center of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and its own operational materials.
According to the investigation, in the period from 2012 to 2015, a large amount of money was stolen from the means of the municipal enterprise in the sphere of housing and communal services. In addition, in July, firms associated with Davydov were accused of organizing a cartel, the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets Chelyabinsk wrote. The edition also reports on searches in the cottage of the ex-Mayor.
Sergey Davydov led the administration of Chelyabinsk from 2010 to 2014. The local press reported on his ties with former Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Mikhail Yurevich, who is currently wanted for alleged bribery of more than 3 billion rubles ($51m).
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).