Irkutsk region: Taishet Mayor’s office searched

Irkutsk region: Taishet Mayor’s office searched
Taishet Mayor Aleksandr Velichko

The police have given no official report so far, yet the detention is associated with a criminal investigation into the embezzlement of municipal artesian wells.

Irkutsk regional law enforcement authorities arrested Aleksandr Velichko, the Mayor of Taishet. According to Taishet 24, the City Administration is being raided. About 10 people in uniform got into the Mayor's office right after the morning briefings. Three persons from the Taishet district administration are acting as witnesses.

The police have given no official report so far, yet the detention is associated with a criminal investigation into the embezzlement of municipal artesian wells.

According to Taishet 24, the Taishet district administration let VAV LLC rent the land for drilling in 2011. However, it was found that the wells had been created back in 2005 at the town’s expense.

Aleksandr Velichko became Mayor only in September 2016 after he won the election with 42.93% of votes. Before taking the office, Velichko had been the CEO of Taishet’s Teplosnabzheniye LLC (Heating).

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