Moscow region: official raises electrical energy fares to increase revenue of her ex-husband’s firm

Moscow region: official raises electrical energy fares to increase revenue of her ex-husband’s firm
Maria Pichugina

Prosecution Service of the region determined the fact of possible conflict of interests.

Moscow region’s Prosecution Service has carried out inspection after representatives of an organization Transparency and determined the fact of possible conflict of interests representative of Committee for prices and fares of Moscow region (Mosoblkomtsen) Maria Pichugina has.

According to the Committee, in December, 2018, the official ordered to increase electrical energy fares for citizens of Moscow region. This led to increase of revenue of her ex-husband’s firm.

In February, the results were reported to the first vice Governor of Moscow region Ildar Gabdrakhmanov, but Pichugina still obtains her position at Mosoblkomtsen which is a sub-division of Moscow region’s government. Despite the fact after possible conflict of interests was determined, she was supposed to be dismissed with a saying Loss of confidence, reports Znak.com.

Maria Pichugina has been the head of the Committee for prices and fares of Moscow region since November, 2018. With that, she signed the document on the increase of fares in a month after she was appointed. Starting from the New Year’s, prices for the fares rose by 1.7 per cent; from summer, they are expected to rise by 3.3.-3.7 per cent.

One of Moscow region’s energy firms is Mosenergosbyt. Transparency found out that its CEO is allegedly Pichugina’s ex-husband Andrey Kovalev. Both have a common child. Mosenergosbyt has 13 branches and is one of the largest energy companies in Moscow region.

Interestingly, at the request of Pichugina, the highest sales premium was made for this company.

The media office of the Committee for prices and fares of Moscow region did not manage to comment upon the matter in a prompt manner.

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