More people questioned in Chelyabinsk former Governor’s case

More people questioned in Chelyabinsk former Governor’s case
Sergei Davydov

The FSB may arrest former Chelyabinsk First Vice Governor Sergei Komyakov and ex-Governor Mikhail Yurevich’s partners.⁠

The FSB continues investigating the swindling in the Chelyabinsk region administration. According to Ura.ru sources, former First Vice-Governor of the region Sergei Komyakov may become the second person of interest in the case.

Sergei Davydov, the Chelyabinsk former Mayor, was arrested for two months on September 30. A criminal case was opened against the top public official under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling committed by an organized group on an especially large scale). According to the investigation, the mayor came up with a fraudulent scheme that allowed moving about 500 million rubles ($8.6m) out of Chelyabinsk Heating Services MUE (CHS) between 2012 and 2015.

According to the sources, the money was withdrawn through City Center for Utility Payments (CCUP), LLC established by partners of Davydov and Komyakov. The CCUP concluded a contract with CHS for calculating and accounting services. The company sent receipts to Chelyabinsk people, collected their money and transferred it to CHS. CCUP got about 10 million rubles ($170.000) monthly. According to the FSB, CCUP used that exact scheme between 2012 and 2015 to keep 500 million rubles that the Municipal Unitary Enterprise was supposed to get.

The CCUP was founded by Anna Kornilova’s Remstroy LLC and Maxim Tushentsov’s Center for Modern Technologies. Olga Derkach is Remstroy director and also the one who manages Sergei Davydov’s Stroykomfort Ltd., while Maxim Tushentsov is also a partner of Sergei Komyakov and Chelyabinsk Legislative Assembly deputy Vladimir Chebykin in Thermal Electrical Networks and Systems, LLC (TENS). Besides, the Center for Modern Technologies is a co-founder of Grinflait, a construction company close to the region ex-governor Mikhail Yurevich.

The money was moved from CHS through Valery Efros’s Uralprombank. After Davydov and Komyakov left CCUP in April 2017, Efros became the company’s new owner.

When Davydov was arrested, both his office and his home were searched, as well as Uralprombank. In particular, the siloviki seized all bank posts, Ura.ru was told by a law enforcement source.

The investigation established that CCUP also had access to the money that belonged to the GorEcoCenter MUE, Chelyabinsk Multifunctional Center (Municipal Autonomous Enterprise) and other municipal enterprises of the city. "Competent authorities are already working with the enterprises", sources say.

Sergei Komyakov claimed he had nothing to do with the Heating Services schemes or other fraudulent operations. He noted that it is the local Ministry of Tariffs Dept that sets the heat supply tariffs; therefore, the assumptions that money could be moved out through CCUP are "a fantasy and groundless lies" until the opposite is proven.

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