Head of Irkutsk colony-settlement No. 20 detained for exceeding official powers
Internal Service Colonel Aleksey Tarasov was detained on the New Year’s Eve on suspicion of selling a commercial forest company at a reduced price.
The head of the Ust-Kut colony-settlement is charged with Exceeding Official Powers, Ust-Kut 24 reports.
It is reported that after the detention, the colonel was sent to a temporary containment cell of Ust-Kut, however, the court later elected a preventive measure in the form of house arrest for him.
The agency notes that using his official powers, the head of the colony-settlement sold the forest at a reduced price to the structures of the former Baikalles company from the village of Yantal. The defendant in the criminal case would hire a commercial company for the harvesting of wood without any bidding, paying for the work with wood at reduced prices.
It is reported that previously, the Prosecutor's Office had already made a remark to the colonel about the inadmissibility of such violations, but the head of the colony-settlement No. 20 ignored the warning, continuing to use the described scheme.
The Federal Penitentiary Service Directorate in the Irkutsk region has yet to comment on the situation. The regional office of the Investigative Committee has neither officially confirmed the information about the criminal case against Tarasov.
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