Interpol detained former Deputy of Khakassi accused of embezzling 17 million rubles in Thailand
The businessman and the former Deputy of the Administrative Board of a city of the Chernogorsk district in Khakassia Vasily Smolnikov was detained by Thai police on behalf of Interpol. Smolnikov is suspected of embezzling 17 million rubles from the budget, aimed at the construction of housing for victims of the fire.
Interpol detained in Thailand the businessman, the former Deputy of the Deputy of the Administrative Board of a city of the Chernogorsk district in Khakassia Vasily Smolnikov, told to TASS the Head of the consular department of the Russian Embassy in Thailand Vladimir Sosnov.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, 42-year-old Head of the Chernogorsk Otdelstroy company Smolnikov was wanted in February 2016 - after the ICR in Khakassia was instituted against him a criminal case under article Misappropriation or Embezzlement on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code) and Bribe-Giving (part 4 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, CCU Capital Construction Management signed 10 state contracts for the construction of homes and infrastructure, intended for the victims of wildfires in Shira village in April 2015, with LLC Chernogorsk Otdelstroy.
State client transferred to the contractor more than 600 million rubles from June to December 2015. Next, Smolnikov’s company entered into a contract with a certain Manufacturing Center of light steel thin-walled structures company for the supply of materials for the construction of houses. However, it turned out that the owner of the latter was also an ex-MP. 17 million rubles of state funds Smolnikov spent on repayment of loans of his companies. On behalf of his companies, he transferred the budget funds to local banks.
In addition, the investigation found that for entering into above-mentioned state contracts Smolnikov handed the senior engineer of the CCU Capital Construction Yuri Protasov a bribe of 200 thousand rubles.
On this basis, the court imposed on the Smolnikov’s property an arrest. The MP and entrepreneur has 6 apartments in the region, 3 non-residential premises and a land plot in Chernogorsk.
Note that the construction of houses in Shira village is accompanied by scandals and other high-profile criminal cases. The engineer of the Capital Construction Yuri Protasov was placed under house arrest on charges of bribe-taking. There have also been instituted criminal proceedings under part 4 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code on the workers of LLC Chernogorsk Otdelstroy – the accountant Surnakova and the mail engineer Vazemiller. According to investigators, they have appropriated and squandered money in the amount of 21.7 million rubles in their sole discretion. Hakastsy, affected by wildfires in April 2015, are dissatisfied with the quality of houses. For residential facilities there has not been yet carried out water supply, heating and roads.
Vasily Smolnikov was born August 31, 1974. The education is vocational secondary. Till 2012 – he was the General Director of LLC Okna. Later he established LLC Chernogorsk Otdelstroy and LLC Production Center of light steel thin-walled structures. Smolnikov was the Deputy of the fourth and fifth convocations of the Council of Deputies of Chernogorsk town. His deputy authority was to expire in 2017, but in February 2016 the Edinaya Rossiya excluded him from the party, and then he lost the parliamentary mandate. According to his fellow party members, Smolnikov supposedly discredited the Edinaya Rossiya Russia with his behavior.
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