Head of Buryat settlement gives public land and non-existent state company to his son
The official was charged with abuse of office and official forgery.
The Head of Zavodskoye settlement (Tarbagatay district, Buryatia) illegally made his son the owner of a plot of land along with a building in it. A year ago, four land plots with a total area of more than 300 hectares and costing about 6 million rubles ($100.500) were alienated in favor of some individual entrepreneurs bypassing the required competitive tendering. Then at the end of 2016 the site got a new owner. The offspring also got to have the building formerly belonging to Zaudinsky forestry.
According to the website of Tarbagatay district, Alexander Yakovlev is the head of Zavodskoye village settlement. He is now charged under the articles Exceeding Official Powers (part 2 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code) and Official Forgery (part 2 of Art. 292 of the Criminal Code). The cases were initiated following the prosecutor's inspections in the district.
It is also known that Yakovlev did not limit himself to said gifts and “pulled the strings” for the boy. To do this, the official (being also the chairman of the local council of deputies), created a municipal government institution called Economic and Transport Department that was to be 'run' by his son. Later on, Yakovlev used a fraudulent document to register the business with the tax office. Meanwhile, the deputies of the local council did not have the slightest idea of the decisions taken on their behalf.
Tarbagatay district court temporarily removed the official from his post.
Notably, Yakovlev had been prosecuted for another offense of office abuse back in March 2016. In 2014, he signed a contract with Taiga LLC to drill a well and build a water pipe in the village of Nikolaevsky (the administrative center of Zavodskoye Interdistrict Department of Bailiffs). Later, despite knowing that the work had not been performed in full, the official signed the acceptance certificate and wired over 800 million rubles ($13.4m) to the company's account.
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