Head of the Krasnodar Region’s District will stand trial for corrupt land law violations
Roman Arkhipov caused damage to the Krasnodar Region in the amount of 3.5 million rubles.
The Russian Investigative Committee for the Krasnodar Region has completed the investigation and transferred to court a criminal case against the head of the Novokubansky District Roman Arkhipov. He was charged with abuse of power (art. 285, para. 2 of the Russian Criminal Code) and misfeasance (art. 286, para. 2 of the Russian Criminal Code).
The investigators claim that Arkhipov, being head of administration of the Novokubansky District of the Krasnodar Region, violated the statutes of the land legislation. Without following established procedures, he ordered the transfer of a land plot, which was assigned for industrial purposes, into the category of settlement lands, at the same time changing the form of its permitted use. Subsequently, this area was later used for the construction of buildings, and registration of property rights, including on the land itself. After that, part of the territory was sold below market price.
Additionally, the head of the district Arkhipov illegally decreed to grant a few plots of land in Novokubansk in private ownership of the affiliated parties. It is worth noting that there already were commercial facilities in the area, constructed by the city administration. As a result of all those actions by Arkhipov, the regional budget fell short of 3.5 million rubles, the investigators reported.
The corruption facts were detected as a result of the prosecutor's investigation in May 2015. Commenting on the prosecutor's office announcement, the head of the Novokubansky District forcefully rejected the conclusions of the supervisory authority.
After a criminal case was open against the district head, the governor of the Krasnodar Region Veniamin Kondratyev suggested that Roman Arkhipov should resign. At the moment, the official is still holding his office. No information about the date of the trial is available for now.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.