Karelia ex-head interrogated as witness in bribery case

Karelia ex-head interrogated as witness in bribery case
Alexander Khudilainen

The bribery was about getting preferences with government contracts at the time when Alexander Khudilainen was the republic head.

The former governor of Karelia, Alexander Khudilainen, has been interrogated in a bribery case as a witness, reports TASS. According to the agency, the bribery was about getting preferences with government contracts at the time when Alexander Khudilainen was the republic head.

The case was filed against businessman Igor Chichin of St. Petersburg. Chichin, who heads Remstroykomplekt, was detained in April 2018 on suspicion of accepting and giving a bribe. Subsequently, the court arrested him.

Alexey Borisov, a representative of the republic’s prosecutor’s office, said in the city court of Petrozavodsk in January that Chichin took advantage of the fact that he had met Khudilainen and arranged to meet Alexey Nikitin (now prosecuted in a road fraud case) in St. Petersburg in 2015 to appoint him as the next head of the Road Administration of Karelia. The governor approved the candidacy, which he personally told Nikitin by phone. Subsequently, Chichin and Nikitin were accused of bribery during road repairs.

Alexander Khudilainen headed the Karelia administration between May 2012 and February 2017. In February 2016, he was reprimanded by the president for disrupting the emergency housing resettlement program. After resigning from the post of the region head, Khudilainen headed the board of directors of Ust-Luga Oil JSC. The company owns and operates a terminal for transshipment of petroleum products in the port of Ust-Luga on the Baltic Sea, Leningrad Region.

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