Investigators deny finding 36-million-ruble pen among property of Sakhalin ex-Governor
The expensive pen has disappeared from the list of property confiscated from the ex-Governor.
The materials of the criminal case against former Head of Sakhalin Aleksander Khoroshavin bear no mention of the pen worth 36 million rubles. This was reported by RBC with reference to the inventory of the property seized from the ex-official.
It is noteworthy that in March 2015, when the case against Khoroshavin just began, then spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee (ICR) Vladimir Markin mentioned this pen as evidence of "massive bribery."
However, the pen is no longer in the list. Still, 11 other writing instruments are named: five pens Waterman ranging from 3 thousand to 15 thousand rubles, a Faber-Castell pen for 5 thousand rubles, a Montegrappa pen for 150 thousand rubles, four Montblanc pens, three of which cost 300 thousand rubles and one — 1.2 million rubles. In total, all of the pens confiscated from Khoroshavin cost 2.3 million rubles.
In addition, following the claim of the Prosecutor's Office, the court turned into state property 539 pieces of jewelry, which belonged not only to Khoroshavin, but also to the members of his family. Among them are jewelry, watches, and souvenir cold steel. The list of seized items includes metal blanks for dental prostheses and three dental bridges that belonged to the official's mother-in-law. The total value of the items has not been specified yet.
The ICR refused to comment on the topic of the invaluable pen, citing the secrecy of the investigation, but current Head of RusHydro press-service Vladimir Markin told RBC that Khoroshavin's guilt was to be determined by the court, while the rest is of small importance.
Khoroshavin himself denies having such expensive items, as well as 'a billion under the bed.' "With some assistance from the Investigative Committee, a lie about my untold riches started to circulate, and that resulted in Markin telling about "a pen worth 36 million rubles and a billion under the bed." It was pointless to explain myself, not even worth trying. Now, when it has been established in the materials of the case that there was no pen worth 36 million rubles and no billion under the bed, I don't think you've been told about that," the former governor writes in his letter to the president.
Khoroshavin was arrested in March 2015. He has been charged with ten criminal episodes, namely taking bribes in the amount of 522 million rubles and money laundering.
Larisa Markus, ex-President of failed Foreign Economic Industrial Bank (Vneshprombank) made a deal with the investigation and named her brother Georgy Bedzhamov the mastermind behind the embezzlements and siphoning off funds from the bank. Was there an arrangement between the relatives–bankers on who shall demonstratively go to jail and who shall take the blame for all the crimes and abscond abroad with stolen billions of rubles? Vneshprombank co-owner Georgy Bedzhamov is currently beyond the reach of law enforcement structures and creditors. Perhaps, it is now time for everybody to forget about the fugitive banker? Especially taking that, according to The CrimeRussia sources, some persons are interested in ruining the case against Bedzhamov.