In Primorye Rosselkhoznadzor's officials are arrested in suspicion of accepting bribes of 6 million rubles
Two defendants of the bribery case were taken into custody, another four are under house arrest.
Six members of Rosselkhoznadzor heads in Primorsky Region and Sakhalin Region were arrested on charges of bribery. The Vladivostok court decided to take into custody two defendants in the case and take four others under house arrest, according to the ID of the ICR in Primorye.
Names of suspects the police has not yet disclosed. However, according to RIA PrimaMedia, among those arrested, there was the Acting Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Julius Ivanov. The Portal Fight Corruption found Ivanov's shares of public joint-stock company Pacific Investment Group (PJSC TIGER), whose President is the ex-Governor of Primorye Sergey Darkin. On the site of PJSC TIGER it is still posted a document, certifying the affiliation of Ivanov on 30.06.2015. It should be noted at the time Ivanov has been an officer of the Rosselkhoznadzor, and thus having shares of the TIGER, he broke the law on civil service, prohibiting entrepreneurial activities and acquire securities (Article 17 of the Federal Law "On the Russian Federation Civil Service"). On the latest list of affiliated persons of the TIGER (on 31.03.2016) the surname of Ivanov was not longer mentioned.
Earlier, investigators have opened a criminal case against a group of officials of the Rosselkhoznadzor Department in Primorsky Region and Sakhalin region. They are suspected of Bribes-Taking (item (a), (b), part 5, 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code) and Mediation in bribery (item (a), (b), part 3, part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code). According to the investigation, the staff management, acting on a prior agreement, within a year from June 2015 to June 2016 received bribes for accelerated and unhindered issuance of phytosanitary certificates from commercial organizations, engaged in the export of regulated products. The investigators believed that their intermediaries have been a criminal group. Attorneys on behalf of high-ranking officials searched and treated legal persons, who were willing to pay a bribe to speed up the work of state agencies employees.
During the year, suspects received bribes amounting to more than 6 million rubles.
In exchange for 12 million rubles ($202 thousand), Kirill Tabakov has ensured the release of third persons of their right to a number of real estate units in the center of Nizhny Novgorod to be replaced by a business class hotel.
According to the defense of ICR officers Nikandrov, Maksimenko, and Lamonov, arrested on suspicion of bribery, Denis Bogorodetsky has broken the crime scheme to the prosecution. The lawyers believe that due to this, the witness turned into a suspect a year after their clients.
Father of the former acting head of the MIA GUEBiPK (General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption) Viktor Zakharchenko, who is currently also under arrest, is the manager of the accounts in question. However, the ICR has information that the сolonel-millionaire has also had direct access to them.