Komi Communications Committee officials to stand trial for embezzlement of funds allocated for government’s web site

Komi Communications Committee officials to stand trial for embezzlement of funds allocated for government’s web site
Alexander Selyutin Photo: Maxim Polyakov from 7x7

In total, the prosecution has launched a lawsuit to recover 11.3 million rubles from the defendants for compensation.

The case of corruption in the Committee on Information Technologies and Communication of the Komi Republic has been submitted to a court. The regional prosecutor's office confirmed the indictment against the former head of the agency Alexander Selyutin, as well as heads of IT companies Alexander Novoselov and Yuri Polivenko. They stand accused of large-scale fraud (art. 159 para. 4 of the Russian Criminal Code).

The investigators claim that in 2010, the regional authorities decided to create a website with the online government. The work was carried out by State Autonomous Institution of the Komi Republic Information Technologies Center, which was employed by the Armada Soft Closed Joint Stock Company. The company fulfilled the state order with flaws and shortcomings that prevented the system from proper functioning. The contract obliged Armada Soft to correct the mistakes. However, Selyutin instructed the head of Information Technologies Center Sergey Pisarev to sign a certificate of completion, and to make payment in full.

To address the shortcomings, the officials hired another company - IT Help LLC, controlled by Yuri Polivenko. As part of a new contract, the services that had already been paid for in the past, were paid for once again. As a result, the budget suffered damage in the amount of 5.6 million rubles. The investigators insist that the cost of the contracts was intentionally overstated. In the end, a total of 5.8 million rubles were embezzled.

The pre-trial restrictions are as follows: Selyutin has been released on bail of 2 million rubles, Polivenko remains under the written pledge not to leave country and demonstrate proper conduct, and Novoselov has been taken into custody.

The prosecution has launched a lawsuit to recover 11.3 million rubles from the defendants for compensation.

In March 2015, under this case, the director of Information Technologies Center Sergey Pisarev was sentenced to 2 years with probation for abuse of office (art. 286 para. 1 of the Russian Criminal Code).

In January 2016, Selyutin was dismissed from office. In an interview to the 7x7 news agency on June 6, 2014, he stated that Pisarev was innocent: "It was 2011, the country still did not really understand what the online state services meant. There were no regulatory documents, and so we signed the contracts to the best of our knowledge and abilities. Unfortunately, this was the exact cause of the investigation."

Selyutin, Novoselov and Polivenko refused to plead guilty.

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