Murmansk region ex-Deputy Governor turns out to be swindler: arrest for 2 months

Murmansk region ex-Deputy Governor turns out to be swindler: arrest for 2 months
Igor Babenko

The investigation is afraid that Igor Babenko can destroy evidence.⁠

The Oktyabrsky District Court of Murmansk ruled to arrest Igor Babenko, the former Deputy Governor of the Murmansk region. The official is charged with large-scale swindling.

"The court determined the measure of restraint for the accused party, Igor Babenko, in the form of two months custodial penalty, until December 18 inclusive," Judge Irina Alekseeva read out the decision.

The prosecutor insisted on such a measure of restraint, since Babenko, being an influential person, can exert pressure on witnesses, as well as destroy all evidence of a possible crime if he remains at large.

The defense, in turn, until last insisted on the measure of restraint in the form of house arrest, as Babenko is ready to cooperate with the investigation. In addition, the middle-aged official has a number of chronic diseases that require treatment.

Babenko was detained on October 18. The next day he was charged. The official was imputed with Swindling on a large scale (part 3 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code).

According to the investigation, the former Deputy Governor created a scheme for concluding fake contracts between the Office for Supporting the Activities of the Government of the Murmansk region" and subordinate contractors in order to subsequently cash out budgetary funds.

Igor Babenko was the immediate deputy to the governor of the Murmansk region, Marina Kovtun. On October 2, he wrote a letter of resignation. Working in the regional cabinet of ministers, Babenko was in charge of countering corruption, interaction with federal authorities, the information policy of the government and the Governor.

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