Investigative Committee will examine former Head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin
Human rights activists suspect him of corruption.
The Internal Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow sent to the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation files in respect of the former Head of railway monopoly Vladimir Yakunin. This was announced by the Director of the FBK (the Anti-corruption Foundation) Roman Rubanov. At the same time, he said that the allotted by law time frame for examination, has already expired.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs response to the request of the FBK, examination's files against Vladimir Yakunin amoved to Meshchansky interdistrict investigation administration of the Investigation Department of Main Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee (the IC) in Central Administrative District. Files were amoved on the basis of item 3, Part 1 of Article 145 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Decisions Taken on the Results of Considering the Communication on a Crime), Art. 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Investigative Jurisdiction) and Art. 152 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Place of Conducting a Preliminary Inquisition).
The Director of the FBK Roman Rubanov said that he is waiting for the results of the IC’s examination, but he noted that the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ notice was received on 5th May 2016, so, the statutory time frame for examination has already expired.
According to RBK, the representative of the Vladimir Yakunin refused to comment on the actions of law enforcement agencies, while stating that his Chief has not received such notice.
In February 2016 the FBK's campaigners lodged more than 80 allegations against Vladimir Yakunin to law enforcement agencies. They published repeatedly investigations against the Head of the Russian Railways. For example, it was written about a Yakunin’s luxurious manor in Akulinin village in one of the materials of theFBK. In the same month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs initiated the examination against the former Head of the Russian Railways. At the same time the Head of the Main Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee Alexander Drymanov reported the investigation of criminal cases on multimillion dollars theft and an attempt to commit embezzlement in large state institutions as the Arbitration Court of Moscow region, Emergency Situations Ministry, Federal Service for the Execution of Sanctions, Joint Stock Company Russian Railways.
It is to be recalled that the FBK is interested in violations of antimonopoly and anti-corruption legislation on the facts of laying geogrid, sale of electronic tickets and the establishment of a network of offshore companies. According to the Foundation, Vladimir Yakunin is the owner of the company that supplied geogrid and the company of his son Andrey is engaged in sale of electronic tickets.
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.