Krasnodar Deputy Governor searched on charges of 200-million-ruble embezzlement
Yuri Gritsenko’s workplace was searched before he was taken to the FSB station to be questioned.
The Krasnodar Regional Administration has been searched. According to Kommersant, investigation is related to a criminal case initiated under Art. 201 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of Authority by a person discharging managerial functions in a profitmaking or any other organization). A lot of documents related to the 200-million-ruble embezzlement had been seized from the administration before. The money had been allocated for the construction of a perinatal center in Sochi.
According to investigators, the funds could have been withdrawn via Kuban Universal Bank, whose license had been revoked last October before the bank was declared bankrupt. The bank kept around 100 million rubles. The investigators assume that the officials had known about the bank’s pre-bankruptcy state and took advantage of it to steal the funds. Stroitelnaya Kompaniya Kuban (Kuban Construction Company) won the tender for the first construction period in October 2014, followed again by its immediate bankruptcy. The deadline for putting into operation the first stage of the perinatal center scheduled for late 2016, has been put off.
Both the Federal Security Service and the Investigative Committee of Russia have withdrawn comments while the administration officials deny the silovikis’ visit as such.
The sources still claim that about 15 investigators and operatives arrived at the administration on two GAZelles on Monday afternoon. At about 7 pm, Deputy Governor Yuri Gritsenko was taken to the FSB Regional Directorate through the main entrance accompanied by three police officers. There he was questioned in a criminal case of power abuse with one of his subordinates also interrogated.
Yuri Gritsenko has been the Krasnodar Region Deputy Governor since October 2015, being in charge of the construction industry. Previously, he had been a member of the Krasnodar Duma.
The State Duma member is not happy about the fact that the budget surpluses that rolled in as a result of additional income following the oil and gas sales are being forwarded to the Russian National Wealth Fund.