Gaizer’s predecessor accused of 2.5 billion-ruble swindling
The Komi ex-Head has become the 16th person involved in the high-profile corruption case.
The Investigative Committee has indicted the former Head of the Komi Republic Vladimir Torlopov. He was charged with creation and leadership of a criminal group together with Vyacheslav Gaizer and other high-ranking officials of the Republic (part 3 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code). Also, Gaizer’s predecessor is accused of Swindling (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). Investigators believe Torlopov have caused damage to the budget in the amount of at least 2.5 billion rubles.
Currently, investigators request the court to impose a house arrest to the Komi former Head.
Vladimir Torlopov has served as the Head of the Komi Republic for two consecutive terms starting from 2002 till 2010. He was then replaced by Vyacheslav Gaizer, arrested in September 2015 on charges of swindling, bribe-taking, organizing a criminal group and money laundering. In spring 2010, Torlopov became a member of the Federation Council, where he represented the Komi’s Government. In September 2016 Dmitry Shatohin replaced him in the Upper House of the Russian parliament.
The total number of defendants in the Gaizer case is 16. Gaizer’s Deputy Aleksey Chernov is also under investigation, and so are the Speaker of the State Council of the Republic Igor Kovzel, the Deputy Prime Minister Konstantin Romadanov, the former Komi’s Senator Evgeny Samoilov and a few other officials and businessmen.
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