Investigative Committee raided Novgorod Region Government
Version on what was the reason for searches so far differ.
From 08:30 AM, in the Novgorod Region Government building searches started. They are being conducted by the investigators of the Novgorod department of the Investigative Committee. Theexactreasonofthesesearchesisunknown.
According to one version, the investigators conducted a search in the office of the Deputy Governor Arnold Shalmuev. In April 2016, the official was sentenced to 8 years and 10 months in prison for so-called Novogorod "road case". The court found that in 2012-2013, under Shalmuev’s direction the plan with the purpose of stealing 15 million rubles allocated from the state budget for repair and maintenance of roads in the territory of the Novgorod Region was developed. Shalmuev did not plead guilty. The sentence has not entered into force.
According to other information which is reported by VN.ru citing its own sources, the investigators’ interest was drawn by the former Head of the Starorussky District Andrey Bykov. Since 1 June 2016, Bykov holds the position of the investment generation adviser of the Novgorod Region Governor Sergei Mitin. It is reported that the press-service of the RF IC for the Novgorod Region has so far refrained from comment. The prosecutor's office, in turn, pointed out that it bears no relation to a search.
In turn, IA REGNUM reports that the searches in the Novgorod Region Government were conducted within the framework of a criminal investigation against the former Head of the Vodokanal Municipal Unitary Enterprise and the former Head of the Novgorod Region Shimskaya District Mikhail Nekipelov on abuse of authority. The publication refers to the press service of the regional department of the IC, "as part of a criminal investigation, the investigators obtained information about the involvement of the accused in the commission of other crimes of corruption, together with other officials." The criminal case against Nekipelov was initiated under p. 1, Art. 201 of the Criminal Code ("abuse of power") in July last year on the facts relating to 2008, when Nekipelov headed MUP Novgorod Vodokanal. This refers to the reconstruction of water supply and sewerage networks in Veliky Novgorod in the amount of more than 27 million rubles.
According to IA REGNUM, the press service of the department confirmed that searches were conducted in more than ten locations, including the territory of St. Petersburg.