Ivan Poluektov the Preferential Prosecutor
The Prosecutor of the Orel region, Ivan Poluektov has dedicated himself to the protection of the law. However, Poluektov has succeeded the most in protecting certain individuals from legal persecution. A few of such examples include the owner of the infamous agricultural complex Orlovskaya Niva, Sergey Budagov, and even his own neighbor at the summer cottage.
Before taking the current post, Poluektov worked in the Prosecutor's Offices in the Tambov region and the Stavropol region. By some strange coincidence, the crime rate in those areas increased during his civil service. For instance, Polouektov was working in the Tambov region right at the time, when Vladimir Kumarin’s (Barsukov) gang was formed. Moreover, Poluektov took the office of the Prosecutor of the Muchkapsky district, Tambov region, in 1987 — the same year that Kumarin was released from prison on parole. Some reports imply that the issue of parole was within Poluektov’s competence. After that, the young prosecutor changes the place of service to the Umyotsky district of the Tambov region. It should be noted that this district was one of the money honeypots for the Tambovskaya gang.
Poluektov’s service in the Stavropol region coincided with the bloody murder of the family of the mafia boss called Khan. In January 2011, the major 60-year-old businessman, kingpin Vladimir Slizaev nicknamed Khan, his family, and servants became the victims of gang warfare. The head of the Russian Investigative Committee personally visited the crime scene. Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Sydoruk took the investigation under his personal control. Later the same year, the prosecutor of the Stavropol Region Ivan Poluektov moved to the Orel region.
There he made friends with the new owner of the Orlovskaya Niva agricultural complex, Sergey Budagov, and began to defend him. The businessman was developed by investigators, who were interested by the fact that in 2010, he had purchased the complex for mere 14.1 million rubles, while its real value had been 1 billion rubles. A few years before, Orlovskaya Niva’s assets had been estimated at several billion rubles, when suddenly the company was on the verge of bankruptcy. Actually, the holding was included in the privatization plan because it owed some 120 million rubles to the region. The decision on privatization was taken by the governor Alexander Kozlov personally. By the way, Orlovskay Niva started growing poor right when Kozlov became the Governor.
The Governor of the Oryol Region Vadim Potomsky
Local investigators also started to develop Kozlov under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code after he had left his office. In 2014, the Acting Governor Vadim Potomsky was openly outraged by the damage caused to the region as a result of the dubious transaction with Orlovskaya Niva. However, in the spring of 2015, he was already singing praises for the investor Sergey Budagov. Here the Prosecutor Poluektov also joined the game. As Novaya Gazeta reported, on April 9, 2015, he ordered to transfer the criminal case against Budagov to the local Ministry of Internal Affairs department. The logic behind the decision was quite clear: the ICR is not subject to the region, while the MIA department would hardly dare to bring someone from the regional administration to an account without permission from higher authorities. Encouraged by this support, in four days, Budagov’s lawyer filed a complaint at the inaction of the investigator, who did not bring the case to his colleagues from the MIA fast enough. Poluektov himself also was not sitting idle. On April 27, 2015, he sent the investigator a warning, stating that it was inexcusable to violate the Code of Criminal Procedure, namely to interfere with "conducting investigations and proceedings in the criminal case." Everyone started making a fuss, so to say.
The warning from the Prosecutor of the Orel region
Giving a slap on the wrist of the investigation, Poluektov defended not only Budagov, but also a number of unidentified persons in the Orel government. For example, the former Vice-Governor Yuri Parahin, who oversaw privatization, voluntarily resigned. Curiously, at the beginning of May 2016, Sergey Budagov was released on bail of 25 million rubles. The company itself moved to the neighboring Tula region and replaced the CEO.
Neighbor stands up for neighbor
In July 2016, the ICR department for the Orel region initiated a criminal case under part 3 Art. 30 and part 4 Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Attempted Swindling) against the Chief of the First Office of the MIA Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption department for Orel, Pavel Dobrokhvalov. According to investigators, the police Major had received 1.77 million rubles from a businessman Tilman in exchange for closing the criminal case of arbitrariness. However, the prosecutor of the Orel district Evgeny Korotkikh was not satisfied with such a legal assessment of the major’s actions. He demanded to reclassify the case to part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking). The ICR investigators were against the initiative, but Ivan Poluektov came to Korotkikh’s rescue. It was he who upheld the decision of the district prosecutor. As it turned out, this was not a coincidence.
First of all, it would be almost impossible to prove the fact of taking a bribe. As rightly noticed by the ICR investigators, who appealed Korotkikh’s decision, Dobrohvalov had no authority over the actions for which he had taken "a fee." Which meant that reclassification would simply ruin the case. Second, before the new charge was brought against Dobrokhvalov, Korotkikh and Poluektov had released him from the detention center.
However, in the course of verifying Dobrokhvalov’s activities it was revealed that he had been supporting another swindling businessman. The issue in question was the conflict between businessmen Mikhail Kiryukhin and Nikolay Cheplov. The background facts are simple: Kiryukhin borrowed about 2.5 million rubles from Cheplov secured by real estate, which did not actually belong to Kiryukhin. Naturally, he did not return the money. Cheplov repeatedly tried to initiate a criminal case against Kiryukhin, but to no avail. Kiryukhin was already backed by Dobrokhvalov. The same Kiryukhin turned to be a neighbor of Ivan Poluektov in a luxury house at 47, Maxim Gorky Street in the city of Orel. The nature of their relations with the public prosecutor remains unknown. However, Kiryukhin repeatedly flaunted his solid protection in the face of a neighbor with legal authority.
47, Maxim Gorky Street
Dobrokhvalov’s arrest left Kiryukhin’s problems unresolved. Thus, the prosecutor of the Orel region, along with the Dobrokhvalov himself, could be interested in the release of the major.
Looking at the major episodes of Ivan Poluektov’s biography, he can be dubbed as Liberator. Indeed, he managed to free a whole variety of people — from the notorious kingpin Kumarov to the modest major Dobrokhvalov. Let us hope that after two scandals he would also free the Orel region from himself.
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