Influential businessmen paid up to 1.5 million rubles a month to Leningrad Region Prosecutor Ivanov
Stanislav Ivanov confessed to receiving financial support from the business, but assured that he had been taking the money in the form of debt. It remains unknown what kind of services the prosecutor rendered for these generous cash investments.
New details have emerged in the corruption case against the ex-Prosecutor of the Leningrad Region Stanislav Ivanov, who is suspected of receiving bribes totaling about 20 million rubles. The 47news media reported that Ivanov transferred money to the credit card of the now arrested businessmen: the 58-year-old Chairman of the Board of Managing Company for the Waste Disposal in the Leningrad Region (Upravlyajuschaya Kompaniya po Obrascheniyu s Otkhodami Lenoblasti) Alexey Varichev and a 53-year-old shadow dealer Semyon Kuzmin.
Both were arrested late June, right after the initiation of criminal case of fraud and illegal banking activities. In early August, security forces found 400 million rubles, 3 million USD and 1 million EUR in Kuzmin’s deposit boxes. Incidentally, the businessman also has the US citizenship. Most likely after this discovery had been made, the businessmen decided to make a deal with the investigation. They handed over the Prosecutor Ivanov hoping to mitigate their sentences.
As it follows from Varichev and Kuzmin’s testimony, they met Ivanov in the spring of 2014, soon after his appointment to the post of the Leningrad Region prosecutor. Their first meeting was held in the Holy Trinity Alexander Svirsky Monastery, which is located near the town of Lodeynoye Pole. Entrepreneurs also told that they had paid for the Prosecutor’s family trips abroad on holidays, as well as for a foreign car to his mother-in-law and for a parking space. In addition, they paid a monthly fee to Ivanov, ranging from 500 thousand to 1.5 million rubles
It is worth noting that Stanislav Ivanov had a conversation with the Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin, who recently arrived in St. Petersburg to inspect the regional department. The Leningrad Region Prosecutor admitted to having financial relations with Varichev and Kuzmin, but assured that he had been taking the money from them in the form of debt, which he had promptly returned.
The basis for this mutually beneficial cooperation remains unknown. Sources do not mention the services rendered by the prosecutor to the businessmen.
On October 31, the Leningrad Region Prosecutor was dismissed by decree of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the same time, the media reported that a criminal case had been initiated against Ivanov on suspicion of taking bribes. According to Life, the Prosecutor even planned to hide from the investigation in Europe. It is worth noting that Ivanov tendered his resignation voluntarily on October 21. This happened after he had been taken to the St. Petersburg oncology hospital due to acute poisoning and suspected exposure to radiation. City media reported that his office had been tested for the presence of toxic substances by member of Rospotrebnadzor on personal instructions of the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika. Ivanov was still in the hospital when Moscow inspectors arrived to check the St. Petersburg Prosecutor’s Office.
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