Head of Federal Agency for Fishery’s Dept arrested on suspicion of corruption
A criminal case for abuse of office has been initiated against Aleksandr Taratenko. The police conducted a series of searches in the department and in the Sakhalinrybvod (Federal State Budgetary Institution), as well as in the houses of the officials.
Aleksandr Taratenko, the head of Federal Agency for Fishery’s Sakhalin-Kuril Dept is suspected of Exceeding Official Powers (Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). RIA Novosti’s sources reported that a criminal case has already been initiated against the official.
At the moment, the 61-year-old man is in custody. However, the Sakhalin-Kurilsky Dept of Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo, in Russian) reported that the suspect is currently in a Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk hospital. His subordinates specified that their boss had been hospitalized with high blood pressure.
According to the local media, searches were conducted in the Sakhalin-Kurilsky Dept and Sakhalinrybvod FGBU. Besides, siloviki raided the houses of the officials. According to the Sakhalinrybvod website, Pavel Sokolov heads the department.
The law enforcement agencies are yet to provide official information on the matter. The sources have not reported any details of the criminal case either.
Taratenko became head of Sakhalin-Kurilsky Dept in the summer of 2015. He used to serve as deputy head of Rosrybolovstvo’s Volga-Caspian Dept.