Minister of Property and Land Relations placed under house arrest in Sakhalin

Minister of Property and Land Relations placed under house arrest in Sakhalin
Elena Gakh

Minister of Property and Land Relations for the Sakhalin region Elena Gakh is suspected of 1-billion-ruble (17-million-dollars) fraud.

The official was detained immediately after she celebrated her birthday. At the moment, she has been placed under house arrest as part of the investigation. It is noteworthy that her immediate boss, the governor of Sakhalin, is also under investigation in the case of corruption.

The court has ruled on her detention and elected a preventive measure in the form of house arrest. Elena Gakh is charged with fraud with budgetary funds of 1 billion rubles. According to investigative bodies, the funds allocated for the construction of an agro-complex on the territory of the state farm turned out to be transferred to the accounts of a dummy company.

She was detained the following day, after the official celebrated her birthday. A criminal case under abuse of official powers was initiated against her on March 2. The operatives conducted searches at Elena Gakh's office and home.

Let us recall that in the period from 2004 to 2007, Elena Gakh was the chairwoman of the Regional Committee for the Management of State Property. In 2008, she joined the Ministry of Economic Development for the Sakhalin region, and in 2011, she became deputy minister. July 21, 2015, she was appointed minister of the department.

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